11th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues, 1941


Just around the corner from where I live are 382 & 384 11th Street, two of my favorite twin frame houses in the South Slope. Something about their simplicity just speaks to me. Besides that, they’re the only two houses on the block that have porches. Since porches were a very common feature on early wooden rowhouses, it occurred to me that others on the block probably once had them as well.


I couldn’t immediately locate an historic photo of this side of the street (readers: do any of you that live on this block own and want to share your tax photo?). Above, however, is a photo of the opposite side of the street in 1941. Nos. 377 – 383 11th Street all have porches!

Below, the same houses today (379 is gearing up for a makeover).