Brownstone “Crooklyn” back on the market for $4.5 million

A Brooklyn brownstone that was billed as the family home for Spike Lee The 1994 semi-autobiographical film, “Crooklyn,” is back on the ...


A Brooklyn brownstone that was billed as the family home for Spike LeeThe 1994 semi-autobiographical film, “Crooklyn,” is back on the market for $4.5 million.

The bittersweet film marked the first screenplay written by Lee’s sister, Joie Lee.

It’s a coming-of-age story about a young girl – Troy, played by Zelda Harris – growing up in the early 1970s, featuring the story of a black family and the Brooklyn neighborhood where they live. live, based on Joie Lee’s own memories.

While the Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone exterior remains the same, the interiors have been completely restored, refurbished and updated, resulting in a stunning modern Victorian look, which features playful urban toile wallpaper.

“Crooklyn is my story”, Joy said in a 2019 interview, celebrating the film’s 25th anniversary. “It’s a family effort, but the idea wasn’t a collective thing. It’s a scenario that I gave birth to, which is why it’s the story of Troy.

Interior of a bedroom inside the house.
One of four rooms at 7 Arlington Place.
Emily Gilbert
The Bedford-Stuyvesant house is 20 feet wide.
The Bedford-Stuyvesant house is 20 feet wide.
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The residence has 4,500 square feet of living space.
The residence has 4,500 square feet of living space.
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The house then operated as Arlington Place Bed-Stuy & Breakfast where three rooms could be reserved for $195 and up per night.

The property is at 7 Arlington Place, and it’s one of four historic homes designed by architect George P. Chappell on the street.

The saleswoman is Liz Mandarano, a fourth-generation Brooklynite, who purchased for $1.7 million – $400,000 more than his request – in 2013, through an anonymous front company, Alright, Deja LLC! It would have been on the market barely two days.

Mahogany, walnut and oak joinery abounds.
Mahogany, walnut and oak joinery abounds.
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The brownstone garden has a 139-year-old pear tree.
The brownstone garden has a 139-year-old pear tree.
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The kitchen with dining area has terracotta brick floors and wooden ceiling beams.
The kitchen with dining area has terracotta brick floors and wooden ceiling beams.
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Interior of the cellar bar.
There is a “speakeasy” style bar on the basement level.
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The speakeasy style bar on the basement level features original exposed brick vaults, stone walls and a beamed ceiling.
Emily Gilbert

The 20-foot-wide, 4,500-square-foot brownstone features original details such as stained glass; carpentry in mahogany, walnut and oak; coffered ceilings; hand painted tiles and decorative hardware.

It includes four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and a powder room, a home office and a large garden with a 139-year-old pear tree. Upstairs there is a roof garden.

Inside, the 29-foot-long salon, complete with bay window, connects to a formal dining room with garden views.

Home living room interior.

The brownstone sports 4,500 square feet of interior space, including a 29-foot-long living room.


Interior of a bathroom.

One of four full bathrooms.


Interior of a room with a fireplace.

One of the fireplaces in the house.


There is also a ‘speakeasy’ style bar on the basement level with original exposed brick arches, stone walls, beamed ceiling and radiant heated floors.

The bedrooms occupy the third and fourth floors. The garden level includes a lounge area and multimedia room.

The kitchen-dining room, on the other hand, has radiantly heated terracotta brick floors, wooden beams on the ceiling and a wall door that leads to the garden. The smart wired home further includes a security system.

The listing broker is Josh Doyle of Compass.

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