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In the 1850s Fort Greene's growth spread out from stagecoach lines on Myrtle Avenue and Fulton Street that ran to Fulton Ferry, and The Hill became known as the home of prosperous professionals, second only to Brooklyn Heights in prestige. During the 1850s and 1860s, blocks of Italianate brick and brownstone row houses were built on the remaining open land to house the expanding upper and middle-class population. Luckily for Fort Greene, this gave birth to a localized staple.
Fort Greene is mainly characterized by its spectacular and diverse brownstones. Unlike most other brownstones, the brownstones in Fort Greene possess detailed embellishments kept intact beautifully since they were built in the early/mid nineteenth century.