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Old 11-14-2010, 09:41 AM
 
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Our house-- like so many in Bay Ridge-- is listed erroneously as being built in 1925, though I have seen it placed on maps dated as early as 1912. HOW can we find out its actual date of construction? The city seems to insist on labeling SO many houses as being built "circa 1925."

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Old 11-14-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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My first thought on this involves contacting the Dept. of Finance..perhaps this is an issue that can be solved via tap lot map records?

Other than that, if it happens to be a brownstone or limestone, you can consider posing your question to the forum listed at Brownstoner.

While I'm still a renter, I've been a fan of following the Brownstoner website since late 2008. Learned a good deal about Brooklyn buildings from these folks.
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Old 11-14-2010, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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The Brooklyn Historical Society is a possibility. I found records there for our house dating back to the 1860's.
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Old 11-14-2010, 01:09 PM
 
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You can try here to at least narrow down the year range.

Historic Map Works, Residential Genealogy ™

They have 1890, 1912, 1917, and 1920 maps of Bay Ridge. Maybe if your lucky, the building on the lot will be under construction the same year the map was published. They usually show u/c building with dashed lot lines.
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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I use Zillow.com, but who knows where they get their records from. I don't think it's that big of a deal to know exactly what year a home was built. A range of a few years is good enough.
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Old 11-14-2010, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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Our house-- like so many in Bay Ridge-- is listed erroneously as being built in 1925, though I have seen it placed on maps dated as early as 1912. HOW can we find out its actual date of construction? The city seems to insist on labeling SO many houses as being built "circa 1925."

Thanks !
the only true way is to go to the department of buildings website and see if there is a certificate of occupancy for your house. if there isnt one, take a trip to the department of buildings and request the block and lot folder for your house's address and then you might find old records from when your house was built as well.

also check hpd's website and see if they have any i-cards posted for you address.
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:42 PM
 
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We wanted to know exactly because my great-grandparents were already on the block in a farmhouse as of at least 1911, and they saw "my" house being built; we figure around 1912. They had great stories about rural Bay Ridge, but I was too young to write them all down; now we're trying to reconstruct the history of the house. Some online searches have pointed to the fact that the Prospect Land & Improvement Company developed our side of the street after purchasing the tracts in the late 1890s. Thanks !
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:45 PM
 
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Thanks... our house is showing up on the 1912 maps. You can also see my great-grandparents' house across the street, with an attached stable designation ! We always heard there was a stable at his house... ! He was the local ice man, then the local "old newspaper" man. He'd soak old rags and stuff them insid eth estacks of papers so they'd weigh more, and consequently net him more $$$ at the turn-in station... !
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