Brooklyn Structure: The surviving row homes of Bridge Plaza

It’s not quite central to downtown Brooklyn, Vinegar Hill, or Fort Greene, but this quirky little neighborhood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in downtown and, amazingly, still has some preserved row houses from the early and mid-19th centuries.

The house at 14 Duffield Street will bring out more stories

The small enclave Bridge Plaza is located near Duffield and Concord Streets between the Flatbush Avenue Extension and the ramps to the Manhattan Bridge. Once a much larger residential and commercial district, the construction of the bridge and the ramps and roads that led there destroyed numerous buildings and left an insulated bag in the remaining part.

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A rendering of Yossi G was placed on the site fence at 14 Duffield Street

A recent stroll through the area has shown that the development spurt is palpable in the rest of the city center and that some new residential structures have been completed here that were recently completed and are in the planning stage.

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171 Concord Street after the 20th century garage was demolished on site and looking towards the back of 16 Duffield Street.

The quaint cottage at 167 Concord Street, possibly from the early 19th century or earlier, is adjacent to a new development site.

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The corner of Duffield and Concord Streets overlooks the empty lot at 171 Concord Street

A four-story building with seven units is planned on the adjacent property at 171 Concord Street. Infinity Properties NYC is the developer and ARC Architecture + Design Studio is the architect. Both have worked on numerous small and medium-sized infill projects in central Brooklyn.

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A rendering was attached to the site fence at 171 Concord Street

The property is located at 14 Duffield Street, another early 19th century home, the rear of which was recently demolished.

The brick building, bought by Riverside Developers in June for $ 2.025 million, will double to 65 feet and six stories, and quadruple from three to twelve units, according to DOB ​​records. A rendering on the fence shows a much taller eight-story building towering over its neighbor.

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A Bauhaus for a new residential building at 180 Concord Street adjoins the door of a historic timber frame house at 184 Concord Street

Other development locations are 180 Concord Street and 37 Duffield Street. A four-story, seven-unit building at 49 Duffield Street, which has been in operation since 2004, was completed and received a temporary certificate of occupancy last summer.

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A new residential building is under construction at 180 Duffield Street. The development includes a second building around the corner at 37 Duffield Street

Building heights are limited to about six stories, but none of the row houses in the neighborhood are protected, either as an individual New York City landmark or as part of a historic district.

Will they manage to survive the development spurt?

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167 Concord Street

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An old timber frame house at 47 Duffield Street is next to a new building at 49 Duffield Street

[Photos by Susan De Vries]

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