We haven't figured out how to be notified on the rare occasion when someone actually posts a comment to this blog. It's basically just a matter of chance, so if you ask a question and we don't respond in the comments, it's probably because we didn't see it! If you really want to reach us, email us via the Park Slope Civic Council website.
At any rate, we just noticed the following comment from "Christopher" in response to our August post about the west side of 7th Avenue between 10th & 11th Streets:
Impressive! how did your researchers go about finding 1880s building permits? There are some buildings in the area I'd like to do the same with. 145 14th Street is my family's old homestead.
Thanks for reading, Christopher!
The building permits and original documents that we featured in our earlier post are on file at the Brooklyn Department of Buildings. The Park Slope Civic Council has been fortunate to receive a few very small grants that have funded a couple of interns who have actually gone into the DOB stacks, pulled files for some blocks in our "study area", and photographed them. We only have a few of these files online so far, but it is our intention to image more of these documents and to make them available online for future researchers.
145 14th Street is apparently west of 4th Avenue, which is outside our "study area," so unfortuntately we have no information to share about that building.
Someday maybe someone with a huge amount of time and disk space will image the entire Brooklyn DOB files and make them available online.