Before the arctic temperatures and the wind tunnel came to Long Island City, I spent some time exploring the side roads of my new neighborhood. While walking around the Citibank building and on my way to to the 5 Pointz Graffiti outdoor art space, I accidentally discovered this short span of Victorian houses, originally from the 1880′s, on 45th Avenue. They are a very interesting contrast to all the new glass and steel high-rises coming up in the area.
This New York Landmark Preservation Foundation sign, in front of the brick red and matte black pristine houses reads, “Hunters Point Historic District. The Houses on 45th Avenue, then built called 12th Street, were built mostly in the 1880′s when Hunters Point was part of the independent Long Island City. They represent, in frame and brick, a victorian middle class urban building type and remain almost untouched. The nicely articulated details of Neo-Grec Style corners, window frame, iron railings and stoops recall the days when uniform buildings design was a proud symbol of domestic respectability.”
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