From Brothel to Condo
Hot sheets yield to hot prices
By Yvonne Juris
for The Brooklyn Paper
It was Park Slope’s bed and breakfast — minus the breakfast — and now it’s being turned into luxury condos.
Workers have begun renovations to the Lincoln Plaza Hotel — a large, 120-year-old Victorian mansion on Lincoln Place that spent most of the 1980s and ’90s as a quiet brothel.
And not everyone is happy with the respectable new neighbor. (Fond reminiscences for a former hot sheets motel? Of course, this is Park Slope.)
When it was an hourly rate hotel, “it was a dingy place, yes, but added a colorful” aspect to the neighborhood, said Lincoln Place resident Joshua Brown. Like others, Brown said he was sorry to see it transformed into condos that would help raise housing prices throughout the neighborhood.
Indeed, several neighbors said that the last thing Park Slope needs is more condos.
“What we need is an upscale hotel,” said Warren Fox, another neighbor.