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Every Gotham renter has his or her own individual non-negotiables when it comes to renting a New York City habitat - closet space, shopping nearby, ceiling height, hell ... working plumbing. (The list significantly expands and contracts, directly proportional to how much we can afford per month in rent.)

Most New Yorkers can offer some great apartment horror stories. My particular tale involves an apartment with no insulation, no front door, electricity that frequently went out, a broken boiler, and the apartment on the other side of the wall operating as a flophouse. (And this apartment was obtained though a broker.) It was also a three-avenue walk to the R train, or a eleven block walk to the F.

I quickly realized that one of my particulars (besides basic dignity) is "close to transportation." I think this Windsor Terrace home qualifies ...


Hey, that's my stop! Not my entrance, though.

It is kind of an absurd spot for a subway entrance, imho. But I suppose I would appreciate the convenience if I lived on that block.
It is a little odd, isn't it. I think that maybe those apartments a few feet behind the entrance were originally shops - From what I can see in old photos, Prospect Ave was a commercial strip mostly, years ago.
Wow, it's strange to imagine that a part of Brooklyn has become less commercial and more suburban in the last 50 years, rather than the other way around. But I guess that's the Windsor Terrace/Kensington area for you. I'm a recent transplant to Kensington from Brookline, MA, and I'm consistently amazed by the former's non-urban feel (not to mention its similarities to the latter).
In fact, that weird ol' Elks Lodge/Air Conditioning building on Prospect used to be a movie theater - there an entry about it further back in the blog - http://ickyinbrooklyn.livejournal.com/16771.html