45th Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour, Sunday, May 31.

Update 5/25/2015: More coverage of the upcoming House and Garden Tour is available in the House Tour Special Edition of the Lefferts Manor Echo newspaper.

The 45th Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour will be held on Sunday, May 31. On this year’s tour, we have 8 homes, including a wonderful apartment in Patio Gardens Apartments, plus 3 gardens.
This will be the first tour we are holding without Carole Schaffer, a great friend to our neighborhood and the organizing force behind the House Tour for several decades. She died suddenly a few months ago, and this year’s tour will be held in her honor.
(See below for ticket information)

Among the tour’s highlights:

  • An 1898 Romanesque Revival style four story townhouse of Roman brick and sandstone trim is among the earliest townhouses in the PLG Historic District. The parlor floor displays the well-preserved original details of plaster moldings and intricate woodwork in the triple parlors. Both front and back windows are ornamented with stained glass. The large ground floor kitchen features a granite island and cherry cabinets. It opens through two sets of French doors to a terraced south-facing garden.
  • A 1909 three story limestone, part of a row of 16 comprising the most imposing neo-Renaissance style group in the PLG Historic District. All three gracious floors are filled with art by the homeowner’s Tribeca friends as well as local artists. There are ancestral portraits and heirloom furniture in the dining room. A new kitchen leads to a south-facing garden graced with sculptures, climbing plants, and roses.
  • A 1920’s brick duplex townhouse boasts a recent renovation that has created a light-filled open space featuring African masks and images from New Orleans Jazz Festivals. The master bedroom boasts an en suite bathroom detailed with travertine marble and a soaking tub. The ground floor was designed for music and entertaining, and includes two guest rooms and a full bath.
  • A 1909 neo-Renaissance two story limestone rowhouse features an open main floor furnished with a Stickley Arts & Crafts dining set. A collection of pottery and baskets and unique items reflecting Japanese ancestry, including a koto and a farmer’s raincoat, are displayed throughout the house. A row of azaleas lines the garden fence and a Japanese maple adds fall color.
  • FREE Live Jazz performance at Bluebird Cafe: Philadelphia native Duane Eubanks has performed everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to Birdland to the Kennedy Center, in addition to touring throughout Europe and Japan and we are thrilled that he will be bringing his trumpet to Prospect Lefferts Gardens the day of the house tour. His brothers are renowned trombonist, Robin Eubanks, and guitarist, Kevin Eubanks, former director of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Update 5/28/2015: The first set of the performance at Bluebird Cafe will be from 3:30-4:30PM, followed by an hour 4:30-5:30PM for mixing, mingling and catching up, and then a second set beginning at 5:30PM.

On-line Advance Ticket Sales (Saturday April 25 – Saturday May 30, $20/person) 

To purchase on-line, visit this Eventbrite.com link. To pick up your Tour Guide book, present your printed Eventbrite ticket any time after 11AM on tour day at Tip of the Tongue, Baked and Brewed, 43 Lincoln Road, between Ocean & Flatbush Avenues. (Online ticket sales close 11:59PM Saturday, May 30.)

In-person Advance Ticket Sales (Monday May 11 – Saturday May 30, $20/person)

Look for our poster in the window of participating merchants below.

Prospect Lefferts Gardens

  • Fenimore One: 65 Fen Wines
    65 Fenimore Street (just off Flatbush Avenue)
  • Bluebird Food & Spirits
    504 Flatbush Avenue
  • Gratitude Cafe
    499 Rogers Avenue (at Midwood Street)
  • Play Kids
    676 Flatbush Avenue (between Hawthorne & Winthrop Streets at Westbury Court)
  • Tip of the Tongue, Baked & Brewed
    43 Lincoln Road (between Ocean & Flatbush Avenues)
  • Trixie’s Pet Food, Supplies & Accessories
    575 Flatbush Avenue (between Maple & Midwood Streets)
  • Tugboat Tea Company
    546 Flatbush Avenue (between Lincoln Road & Maple Street)

Brooklyn Heights

  • Brown Harris Stevens – Brooklyn
    129 Montague

Park Slope

  • Aguayo Huebener Realty Group
    138 Seventh Avenue (between Carroll Street & Garfield Place)
  • Brown Harris Stevens – Brooklyn
    100 Seventh Avenue (between Union & President Streets)

Tour Day Ticket Sales (May 31 only, $25/person):

  • Tip of the Tongue, Baked & Brewed
    43 Lincoln Road (between Ocean Avenue & Flatbush Avenue)

PLEASE NOTE: No children under 12 except infants in front packs only.

We Need Your Help

It takes the coordinated efforts of many volunteers to help make this event a success. We hope you can help by being a tour guide* and/or contributing food for the refreshment area.

If you are interested in volunteering to be a tour guide, contribute refreshments, or otherwise help with the House Tour, please contact the House Tour team at prospectleffertsgardens2015@gmail.com

*Tour guides are assigned to a house, usually one per floor, and help supervise and guide the visitors. They work one of 2 shifts, either 12:00-2:30 or 2:30-5:00.
In exchange for 2 ½ hours of their time, tour guides receive free tour tickets. Although the tour closes to the general public at 5PM, there will be an extra hour from 5PM to 6PM for guides to see the houses.

Lefferts Manor Echo Spring 2015 Corrections

In the Echo’s Spring 2015 issue, we misquoted Winston Von Engel, the head of the Brooklyn office of the Department
 of City Planning, regarding 13-story buildings in Crown Heights. New zoning codes that the DCP, City Council and the local community board there approved now prevent – not allow – 13-story buildings on blocks dominated by four-story brownstones. But the new zoning does permit a modest increase in density (or height) for affordable housing along Franklin and Bedford Avenues and on Eastern Parkway. The Echo regrets misquoting him.

In the story about feral cats in the neighborhood, the actual capturing date for the ferals is Saturday, April 25th. The ASPCA will pick them up Tuesday morning, April 28th, and return them to the neighborhood later that day.

Spring 2015 Lefferts Manor Echo Available Now

The LMA Echo Spring 2015
The Spring 2015 issue of the Lefferts Manor Echo newsletter is available now for downloading.
This issue covers local zoning issues, The Lefferts Food Coop, new local merchants, and stories on PLG residents. Copies will be available at local retailers.

Fall Meeting Lefferts Manor Association

Lefferts Manor Association LogoThe Lefferts Manor Association will be having its Fall Meeting on November 1st at 10am.
Saturday, November 1
Church of the Evangel
1950 Bedford Avenue
between Hawthorne & Winthrop

  • Find out what we’ve been up to and what’s been going on in our neighborhood!
  • Meet our elected officials.
  • Learn about the upcoming “shop local” initiatives proposed and supported by the new Flatbush Merchant’s Association and Community Board 9.
  • See and hear about landscaping plans for the plaza in fromt of the Parkside subway station and learn how you can help out.
  • And of course, our local 71st Precinct will be there to tell us and and answer questions about the latest goings on in our neighborhood.

Join your neighbors for coffee, bagels, and donuts.

Halloween Safe Walk 2014

71st Precinct Halloween Safe Walk 2014This year’s Halloween Safe Walk will start at 5:30pm on Friday October 31st at the corner of Flatbush and Rutland Road.
Route: proceed on Rutland Road to Rogers Avenue, left at Rogers Avenue to Midwood Street, left on Midwood Street to Bedford Avenue, right on Bedford Avenue to Maple Street, right on Maple Street to New York Avenue, left on New York Avenue to Empire Boulevard to the 71 Precinct.

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