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Bedford-Stuyvesant’s prettiest cul-de-sacs

May 20, 2010

Atlantic Avenue in Bed-Stuy is one grimy, bustling main drag. You’d never know that just off it are two of the sweetest lanes in all of Brooklyn.

Those would be Alice Court (above) and Agate Court (below), built around 1890 by a Swiss-born factory owner. Alice was his daughter; Agate had something to do with the products he manufactured.

It’s a good thing these lanes are so hidden; it’s helped keep them preserved. The two- and three-story Queen Anne–style houses have eclectic facades, with arched windows, corner turrets, and terra-cotta trim.

“Advertised as ‘perfect gems for quiet, refined families,’ the ‘handsomely decorated’ houses were located ‘just 15 minutes from [the Brooklyn] Bridge’ and featured ‘hard wood floors, cabinet finish, mantel mirrors, [and] tiled hearths’ on ‘private streets’ with ‘lawns [and] fountains, all kept in order by [the] owner,’” states the report that designated Alice and Agate Courts a historic district in 2009.

At left, a 1902 ad for Alice Court  in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.