Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
Address: Arlington Place
Well before Crooklyn, Lee's love letter to his childhood, was shot, Arlington Place, a one-block street of residential brownstones, was recognized as something special. Charles Lockwood wrote in his 1972 book, Bricks and Brownstones, that “Arlington Place is my favorite block in Bedford-Stuyvesant,” and it's not hard to see why. The pristine block looks just as it did in 1994 thanks to the Beford Stuyvesant Society for Historical Preservation. For better or worse, Bed-Stuy is attracting increased interest from corporations and hipsters, but regardless of your opinion on the changing neighborhood, it is hard to argue against the preservation of this picturesque block.