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Friday, August 14, 2009

Dennett Place

Dennett Place, located in Carroll Gardens in Brookly, is one of the strangest streets I have ever seen. While strolling down Smith Street last weekend with my two friends, one of them suddenly remembered this strange street they thought I would love and had to show me. They described it as the strangest street they probably have ever seen. When I asked what do you mean they explained all of the apartments have small doors. Thus, making my interest spike.

Dennett Place is a tiny block filled with aparments with tiny doors. It is fabulously interesting. Dennet Place is located between Luquer and Nelson Streets and bordered between Smith and Court Streets.

Because my interest was so high about this little street I decided to take to the world wide web to try and figure out why these doors are so tiny. I came across George Weber's blog who gave a little insight about the historical aspect of the area during the time these homes were built.

"Historically, we know that homes built back in the 1700's typically had smaller interior doors, because, people then were shorter. But, these 2-to-4-story homes were built in the late 1800's. One recent real estate offering showed a four-story townhouse built in 1899 for 1.2 million dollars. But, another web search revealed that in 1860, a family named Sweeney lived on the block. Dennis Sweeney, an immigrant from Ireland, was a longshoreman, like many of the folks who settled in Carroll Gardens at the time. The Irish populated the neighborhood in the 1800's and were followed in the 1900's by a large Italian population."

He goes on to explain some more about the tiny street and thank Forgotten NY for some of the insight and facts...

"The origin of Dennet Place still remains somewhat of a mystery. One can only speculate why all of those small doors were installed in the first place. One popular belief is that the doors, located under the stoop of the townhouses, were more of a utility to gain access to the basement, much like storm doors in rural communities. Whatever the reason, Dennet Place has always resembled a small European village and to this day, nearly 150-years later, the block still maintains its quaint charm. (Special thanks to for the photos and some background)"

So now I am going to thank you, George Weber for your facts and helping me understand a little more about Dennett Place.

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