Brooklyn’s “most aristocratic apartment house”

That would be The Riverview, as described in this Brooklyn Daily Eagle ad from the turn of the last century. These elegant residences featured the latest in luxury apartment living, circa 1900: gas stoves, “elevator boys in attendance, both day and night,” and long-distance telephone service in each eight-room, floor-through residence. 

The cheapest apartment went for $900 a year, a hefty sum back then.

Here’s the exterior of 183 Columbia Heights today, still in “the most select section of Brooklyn,” or one of them anyway. Long owned by the Jehovah Witnesses, the building was put up for sale last year along with some other Brooklyn Heights properties the Witnesses own. No word if they’ve traded hands yet.

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