This Greek Revival townhome embodies the charming, distinct spirit of its neighborhood, Brooklyn Heights, the city’s first Historic District, and a prime residential address since the Revolutionary War. Once called Clover Hill, the area is known as the country’s first suburb; a bucolic, but super-close escape from Manhattan. Many of New York’s wealthiest families settled here, including the Hicks, descendants of John and Jacob Hicks, who for years operated the only ferry between Brooklyn and New York.
After the Revolutionary War the Hicks family owned much of the land here, and Hicks Street took their name. Nearby streets include Adams Street, named for President John Adams; Livingston Street, named for Philip Livingston, who signed the Declaration of Independence; Monroe Place, named for President James Monroe; and Pierrepont Street, named for Brooklyn Heights founder Hezekiah Pierrepont. Another grouping of thoroughfares are known as the “fruit streets,” taking monikers like Cranberry, Orange, and Pineapple Streets. Some say the roads were renamed by Lady Middagh, a descendant of the area’s earliest settlers, who found aristocratic street names pretentious. But the New York Times argues that it was the Hicks family, who named them after fruits that they sold.
Lined with a superb collection of Greek Revival, Victorian, and Gothic architecture, Hicks Street was spared in the Mid-Century when residents of Brooklyn Heights fought Robert Moses’ plans to build the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway along its length. In the 1990s tradition of renovation in the neighborhood began to take hold in the 1990’s, transforming it once again into one of the city’s most elegant roads.