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m^£^m AUGUST 31, 1912 BROOKLYN'S HILL SECTION ATTRACTS BUYERS Improved Traflic Conditions Have Again Made The Hill a Residential and Social Center of Importance—Semi-Public Institutions Are Numerous—Other Changes THE Hill section of Brooklyn is under¬ going a change for the better. Dur¬ ing a period of fifty years it was one of the fine residential parts of the city. When the great movement to the outlying districts began, in the nineties, the Hill section suffered from the exodus of many of its old families to Flatbush and its en¬ virons. Now there is renewed interest in avenue and Fulton street, which was for¬ merly a quiet residential block given over to the homes, among others, of such celebrities as the Rev. Theodore Ledyard Cuyler and Ira D. Sankey, the world-fa¬ mous hymn writer. That a elub house is to be reared amid such surroundings is a circumstance that was undreamed of even a decade ago; for It is only Hill section, too, in recent years, notably on Clinton avenue, and on Washington avenue. Only a year ago a fine new apart¬ ment house for the exclusi\'e use of phy¬ sicians was built on a corner of Han¬ son and South Elliott places, while Han¬ son place itself has been completely changed from a choree private residential thoroughfare Into a business and traffic HAXSOX PLACE AT SOUTH ELLIOTT PLACE. SOUTH OXFORD STREET, SOUTH OF FULTO.N STREET. the Hill in more ways than prevailed heretofore. The completion of the Man¬ hattan Bridge and the operation of the Interborough Railroad to Brooklyn have made the section a greater center than It was in the past. The bridge tended to move the business center of Brooklyn to the neighborhood of Flatbush avenue and Fulton street, which is at the foot of the Hill section; and, Fulton street, east of the new business center penetrates the Hill, and it has derived beneflt from the changed condition. Property In the Hill part of Fulton street is now in good de¬ mand, whereas before the operation of the subway to Flatbush avenue property in that part of Fulton street was not in strong favor. The rental power of stores in this part of Fulton street has mate¬ rially improved and many old buildings there have been remodeled in order to meet the demands of improved trade con¬ ditions. The Hill section is bounded by Flatbush avenue, Atlantic avenue. Myrtle avenue and Grand avenue. It embraces a large area. There are other factors, too, than the ones mentioned that have rejuvenated the situation in the territory; and, those are the establishing of the Academy of Music, on Lafayette a\'enue, between Flatbush avenue and Fulton .':treet; the erection of two large theatres on Fulton street, above its intersection with Flat¬ bush avenue; the erection of the new Masonic Temple, on the crest of the Hill, at Lafayette and Clermont aAenues; the decision of the Catholic Diocese of Brook¬ lyn to build the new cathedral on the site of the one contemplated many vears ago at Clermont and Lafayette avenues; and, the erection of the beautiful Paro¬ chial School and Chapel, at Lafayette and Vanderbilt avenues. The latest evidence of the trend to the HIII Is the recent de¬ cision of the Brooklyn Lodge of the Ben¬ evolent and Protective Order of Elks to build an Immense new club house on South Oxford street, between Atlantic about that length of time since the Elks erected a home in lower Schermerhom street, near the Borough Hall, where it thought it would be established for a long period of years. The new order of things shows the effect of new transportation routes on neighborhoods susceptible to their influence. Some large and high-class apartment houses have been built in the street of importance. It leads directly to and from Flatbush avenue station of the Long Island Railroad to points in upper Brooklyn. Many old dwellings have been remodeled for business use. In addition the new building of the Cen¬ tral Branch of the Young. Men's Chris¬ tian Association will occupy the east block front of Hanson place, from Fort GREENE AVE-NIE AT ITS JUNCTION 'WITH FULTON STREET.