Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pink Brownstone in Brooklyn

This very pink house is located in an area of Brooklyn, New York, in a historic district called Park Slope which includes some of the best models of Renaissance Revival, Romanesque Revival and Queen Anne-style brownstones from the late 1800's.

The house was painted pink by it's elderly owner many years ago because it was his wife's favorite color!

Needless to say it can't be missed if you are walking or driving down the street where it is located. It became quite a tourist attraction when the New York Times printed this story about the neighborhood reaction when the owner repainted it in a even brighter shade of pink, that you see above, a few years ago!

Do you think your neighbors would be upset if you painted your house pink?

To see more wonderful pink posts visit Beverly at How Sweet The Sound for the list of all the blogs which are participating in Pink Saturday.


Anonymous said...

It def stands out, that's for sure!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Wow, it does catch your eye! My DH would do just about anything for me ....but I'm not sure he'd go for that! HA!

Lisa B. said...

I think it's sweet that he painted it in honor of his wife's fav color:) I love the architecture of Brownstones...and pinkstones!

I'm not sure what my neighbors would think!

steviewren said...

I bet his neighbors hate him. Poor old guy. He probably picked a brighter color because he doesn't see as well as he used too.

Le @ Third on the Right said...

I do like pink - but maybe that is a little too pink even for me ! le

dana said...

Well, Beverly, has taught me to appreciate the pinkess in this world, but I don't think I'd be too happy if I was a neighbor to that pink brownstone! Brownstones are so beautiful without the addition of pink paint. Guess the owner felt a pretty pink pot of flowers or even a pink concrete bunny wouldn't have made a big enough statement, huh?
Great post, Pat. Oh, and I LOVED all of the special little gifts you have been buying for your g. son! My g. daughter wore a pair of crocheted booties on her baptism day. My mom had made them 30 years earlier for my son (gr. daughter's daddy!). Dana

Naz said...

He just as easily could have painted the inside walls pepto bismol pink instead of the outside. Great Sintra song, Autumn in New York!!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Pat!
Oh that is so funny! In another neighborhood in our small burb town a man painted his house Lime Green! He must have had a tiff with neighbors! It was a bright light lime green with darker lime green trim. It made the newspaper! The civic association in that neighborhood tried to sue him for his choice of color but the deed restrictions only say your house must be kept up and painted when needed! It was quite funny but I'm sure his neighbors weren't laughing!!
Hugs, Sherry

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Pat,
It stands out for sure.

It reminds me of a book we used to read called The Big Orange was about a man that wanted his house to be different from the others on the block!
Have a great day,

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

I grew up in a pink house, paler- than-that-pink house. Never again! I don't know what I think of that pink brownstone. It's interesting, but if I were the neighbor, I think that I'd want it back to its original color for a number of practical reasons. I'm such a stick-in-the-mud.

Stacey said...

I think the pink brownstone is absolutely fabulous! I love it. But then, coming from Florida, the land of the pink buildings, I'm used to such sights! They are wonderful to me. Happy Pink Saturday! :-) Stacey

Judy said...

I'm hoping my neighbours don't paint their houses pink anytime soon...but it's definitely an attention grabber.

g said...


He certainly doesn't have a problem giving cabbies directions to his house!

Lavinia said...

It's quite distinctive. I don't think its anything to be bothered by....we live in a world with room for lots of colours!

Poetikat said...

I'm really enjoying the Cape Breton Lullaby on your Playlist. My mom's from CB and the music stirs something in me every time.

Re: painting the house pink
My neighbours might put it down to that wacky "Kathleen", but my husband would definitely not go for it!


Cori G. said...

Oh Pat! I'm upset just looking at! I can't believe someone would do that TO A BROWNSTONE!! I think they should be fined and made to sandblast the entire facade. I'm still horror!!!
You can't get any pinker than that!

Oh, my neighbors wouldn't be upset, but sweet hubby would!
Have a fun weekend sweet friend.
xo Cori

GMG said...

Hi Pat! I’m glad I could take some time to get to your wonderful blog! This time to be rewarded with a «Pink Brownstone»... ;))
Well, it seems a great day will be arriving in early December!!
Now, while you wait, do want to have a look at a magic place: Delos, Apollo’s birthplace and home to Dionysus sanctuary? Blogtrotter has it! ;))
Hope you enjoy! Have a great weekend!


Happy Pink Saturday!
Wow! This is a great PINK post!

~ Gabriela ~

Beverly said...

Wow, my first thought was wondering what the neighbors think. I think it is so sweet that he did it for love.

It is quite common to see a pink house in south Florida. In fact, the house we lived in when I was in junior high school was a light pink.

I'm pretty certain my neighbors here would not be too thrilled.

Happy Pink Saturday, Pat.

Virginia said...

Wow! I hope he has some friends left in the neighborhood.
Happy Pink Saturday! Virginia

Kim's Cottage said...

Wow, what a surprise it would be to see that for the first time when driving down the street. Sure does stand out. I love pink, but...

Happy Pink Saturday!


Katie said...

I love pink but that's just silly, it's just too much! But unique!

PA Fiber Artist said...

Hi Pat,

Thank you for your post - it made me miss NY! Thank you for Frank Sinatra music too. I'm a native New Yorker (Long Islander) and now live near Philly - totally NOT the same - HELLO! FORGET ABOUT IT!

I once had Thanksgiving dinner with an Italian family in Queens and of course there was so much food! I love the Italian section of Brooklyn, especially in December with all of the Christmas decorations!

That pink brownstone is great!

Take care,

M.Kate said...

Hello Pat, we both have a pink building in our much fun!! I think my neighbours will be upset if I painted my home a totally different colour than the rest but they cant do anything about it. Hope you have a great Sunday, much love and big hugs :D

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! That is the cutest house but it reminds me of Pepto Bismol! lol Well, he loved his little wife and was telling all the world, wasn't he?
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Dawn said...

It sure is an easy house to spot. I don't know what I would think if the house were a neighboring house of mine. It is nice that he did that to honor his wife!

Thanks for stopping by today.

take care,

Lora said...

Oh, what a terrible thing to do to a brownstone! lol! Pink houses are pretty in certain places, like tropical areas maybe, but that definitely doesn't look like NYC to me:) How funny!

jeanne said...

Pat, that house is so bright pink. Seriously I do not like it. We had a house in our neighborhood a few years ago and they painted it a bright orange. Oh, what a negative reaction from the neighbors. They had to re-paint because there was a rule about using an unsightly color. lol

It makes a perfect Pink Sat. contribution. smile.


KatCollects said...

I love that her husband did that for her, how sweet is that! Love, it's a wonderful thing : ) Thank you for the smile.

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

What a fantasic PINK post! I love this home and what a sweetheart of a husband to have painted it PINK for her! Oh love, sweet love!

Happy Pink Saturday!


Strider said...

Not wild about the pink, but the "row house" structure is fantastic. I think I prefer the brown of the other buildings. Have a wonderful Sunday.

Mrs. B said...

Before I even got to the part of your post with the article, I was thinking "hmmmm, wonder what the neighbors think of that." It's charming in the photograph (and so sweet that the man would paint it for his wife), but those brownstones are so beautiful just the way they are.

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

I think my neighbors would be VERY upset. I like that one though.

Nihal said...

Hi Pat,

Oh pretty nice House painted in Pink, I love love loving:)
Pink is the color of romance and love. I'm sure her husband wanted to forget-not that the girl with the pink dress at the party was the one who is selected for each dance by him:)

Enjoying reading the article.

Have a Pink Saturday and Weekend in Pink Thoughts.



guild-rez said...

A pink house? Why not?
My neighbours wouldn't be impressed at all. I think they would question my taste.

Joanne Kennedy said...

Now I'm the first one who would love a pink house. But, even as a pink lover I would have to say NO to a pink brownstone. I would say no to any color other then brown. It's history! Leave them brown.

I would love to paint my house a pale pink with white trim. My sister won't go for it. Darn it! I don't think my neighbors would mind.

Some houses are cute painted pink and I think this house I'm in would be darling.


salmagundi said...

Now, that's pink!! That's a little too much pink for me, but you have to admire his devotion to his wife. Thanks for stopping by my blog. BTW, your new grandchild is going to be a cutie. Aren't modern sonograms amazing? Sally

Anonymous said...

Wow that is pink! Unfortunately I am the house painter with deep purple, berry red and turquoise being the front runners for my fav colour. I did offer to paint a barn once in deep purple but hubby said it would look like a giant Quality Street sweet stuck on the hillside! LOL

I think it was such a romantic idea.

Anonymous said...

I will have to come back and read what the neighbours said about painting their house.
I don't think my neighbours would be very pleased if I did that.

It looks rather interesting though...I like it as it stands.

Thank you for sharing.

Stop by and see my pinks too.

guild-rez said...

Pat, we share more things than you know..
I am a R.N. married for almost thirty years to the "love of my life" and have two grown children.
Sounds familiar? :))
-Cheers Gisela

Alex said... brownstone...ya know, if we appreciated each other, no matter what our taste was, do you think our world would be a better place to live??

Protector of Vintage said...

Wow, interesting pink brownstone!! I enjoyed visiting your blog today. Take care~

guild-rez said...

Hi Pat,
if you post a picture of the red vine, I am able to identify the plant.
I hope it is not poison ivy:(
-Cheers and big hug.

Linda Lou said...

I might not paint it pink, but I would paint it PURPLE!!! I always loved Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights when I lived there, great pic!!

Camille said...

That brownstone does make itself known! I think I couldn't live next to a pink house unless it was on a tropical island. I wonder how the neighbors feel about it.

Tracy said...

Talk about livening up the street--wow! That is such it! Thanks for sharing, always find the most interesting, exciting things to share here! Happy Week ((HUGS))

nonizamboni said...

Hmmm--do you think the original tenant/owner would approve? How interesting. Love brownstones and seek them out wherever I live.
Happy Monday!

Rue said...

Hi Pat :)

I wouldn't like it, but I can understand him. I would paint my house any color Rich wanted :)


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous pink brownstone! They all look good. Wonderful photos.


Mya said...

I love it. That is where I would want to live in Brooklyn. Love the story
Happy Pink

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I totally remember that NYT story!!
And the thing's not "just" pink. It's, like, Pepto Bismol pink! I just look at the beautiful stone that's lurking underneath and my heart hurts.

Since there's a few pink houses in our Victorian town, I don't think our neighbors would mind. I think they would think we've lost our minds, however. :-)

Joy said...

That is something else, all right. Can't imagine being the next door neighbors to this guy!