'Girls' Brownstone Among Highlights of Fort Greene Walking Tour

By Janet Upadhye on April 8, 2014 7:08am 

 The brownstone featured on HBO's GIRLS (Season 2, Episode 5) will be open for viewing as part of the 2014 Fort Greene House Tour.
The brownstone featured on HBO's GIRLS (Season 2, Episode 5) will be open for viewing as part of the 2014 Fort Greene House Tour.
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FORT GREENE — Check out Lena Dunham's "Girls" brownstone, find out where Al Capone grew up and get a close-up look at the practice court at the Barclays Center as part of a rare tour of Fort Greene.

The Fort Greene House Tour, a one-day-only self-guided walking tour, gives participants inside access to 10 Fort Greene homes — including the Brownstone featured on HBO's "Girls" series — as well as some of the nabe's most prominent arts locations.

The tour, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. on May 4, combines the new and old with visits to restored brownstones, working artists’ residences, the neighborhood’s latest luxury high rise at 66 Rockwell Place, an 1880s townhouse and a steel-and-glass triplex built atop a former carriage house.

The tour is sponsored by the Fort Greene Association and costs $25 for advance tickets and $30 for day-of tickets.

With advance reservations, visitors can get a behind-the-scenes view of the Nets practice court and the VIP lounges at Barclays Center. The Mark Morris Dance Center, glassblowing studio UrbanGlass and the new BRIC Television studios will also be open to the public during the tour.

Interesting facts about the historic neighborhood such as the location of Al Capone's demolished childhood home on Navy Street — which was torn down decades ago, according to organizers — and the site where a famous Winston Churchill lecture took place are provided on brochures during the neighborhood hike.

Tickets can be bought online or in person at BAM Box Office, Greenlight Bookstore, Yu Interiors, Gnarly Vines, and on Saturdays at The Farmers Market on DeKalb Avenue and Washington Park and The Brooklyn Flea. Visitors should check in at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, where they will receive a tour brochure and map.

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