I’m surprised I haven’t received more photos of this old house.

Photo by Robert Fernandez

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  • nolastname

    It’s not just an old house. Quite a bit of a story behind it. Ask Lisanne or Raywah.
    We have hundreds of pics between us.I think it is called the Blake house.

  • nolastname

    The owner sold part of the property years ago to the nursing home for their parking lot. So far she has held out selling it to anyone who might destroy it. 
    Some neighborhoods preserve their treasures.This beauty is from Midwood. It is original as the day it was built.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/34224145@N04/6928995994/in/photostream

  • nolastname

    I believe Ned used this pic after Irene struck Sheepshead Bay.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/34224145@N04/6088801415/in/photostream

  • willie3051

    Before the nursing home/parking lot, there were two more similar houses next to this one; they were quite run down.  Regret never having photographed ‘em back then.  Anyone have photos?

    • nolastname

      There were rooming houses in the day’s I remember them. At least one of them was torched by Breslin, most likely both. 
      Wish I was into pics then. 
      Gotta look at the link just put out for neighborhood pics.
      Lisanne can paste it in, I don’t think I save it.
      http://cdm15052.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p16124coll1/id/7847

      • nolastname

        Willie, there’s the link above. Some cool stuff there.

        • willie3051

          thanks; that’s a great site.

          • nolastname

            YW, Got it from Lisanne. Credit where credit is due.

      • BrooklynBus

        I remember hearing over ten years ago that the owner was 103 years old.

        • nolastname

          As far as I know she was still alive this past summer. I could believe it. 

          • Georgia

            I had a conversation with the ground keeper about 2 months ago. Very intresting stories. He knows a lot about the house. This is my favorate house in all of our neighborhood to me it’s a classic. How they built them at that time is amazing.

          • nolastname

            He knows a lot about much of the goings on in Sheepshead Bay. LOL.
            Have not seen him lately.

          • BrooklynBus

            If she still lives there, she wouldn’t have to move far if she needed assistance or could get her house annexed by Sunrise.  When my friend’s aunt turned 100 some years ago, she didn’t want to move to assisted living.  But they ended up converting half the floors of her building to assisted living and for a reasonable sum, agreed to service her apartment also and let her use the dining room for meals. Talk about luck.  She stayed there for 3 years, then had private care and passed away at 105.

          • nolastname

            Wow, 105. She must have had some great memories of the area.

          • BrooklynBus

            Perhaps you misunderstood me. I did not state she lived in this area.

          • nolastname

            Yeah, I just thought this area. Where ever she lived, 105 years witnesses a lot of changes.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

       I believe this is one of them.

      Delamere Place is the old name for East 23rd Street. This photo, however, was taken in the 1980s for the Department of Finance.

      • Georgia

        Thanks Lisanne for all your information and pictures

  • Kool4Coney

    might make an interesting story for SB to interview the owner of that wonderful house… and/or relay its history.  We have always been fascinated by it and it’s ability to survive changes to the neighborhood. We love that house.

    • nolastname

      The owner does not live nearby, Ray had some conversation with “The Grounds Keeper” a few years ago. I don’t know how much she learned.

    • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/ Ned Berke

      Easily my favorite house in the Bay. And legends tell of the bikini clad sunbather, whom I have only seen once or twice, many years ago… 

  • VladamirPutin

    Vhere iz dis house? I buy to tear down and build medicaid mill-

    • Gene2T

      lol, build more condos there

    • Dicesmom1

      Da, ve have wodka to celebrate?