One nice thing about my job is that I sometimes have to leave the office to run a work-related errand. This has taken me to all parts of Manhattan as well as a few neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Some I was familiar with already, but I'm ashamed to say that even though I'm a lifelong metro NY resident there are a few neighborhoods that were new to me. I carry my little point-and-shoot digital camera everywhere with me for just such occasions, as I never know what I'm going to encounter.
Yesterday I headed into the Brooklyn Heights section of the borough. On my way back to the Borough Hall subway station I discovered some interesting buildings on Joralemon Street. They had a sense of history and the details were pretty terrific. A sampling follows. Apologies for the quality of the photos; it was a very gray day so I used a high-speed setting that results in grainy pictures.
I loved the entry to this townhouse, especially the lamps, which were genuine gas lamps! If you click to enlarge you can see the flame in the lamp.
This building was interesting in a looming, sort of ominous way. The exterior was covered in tiles with gargoyle-type figures in certain spots. I especially loved the ironwork details on the front doors. They seemed very Arts & Crafts movement to me.
Lastly, this medical building had a whole variety of incredible decorative details: