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Creator: marcszar Upload Date: 2008/01/12
Last Update: 2008/01/12 File Type: Growable
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Here is an addon to my previously-released New York City Rowhouse Set: another set featuring rowhouses commonly seen in Brooklyn, New York. Many of these rowhouses can also been found in the Bronx as well as in Queens. These rowhouses are typically located in residential neighborhoods of lower density than my previous rowhouse set. While the types of rowhouses from my previous set can often contain shops on the ground level, this is not very common in solidly-residential rowhouses like those in this set.

A total of five R$$ lots are included in this set, with each lot featuring two completely-unique buildings. Each of the 2 x 2 lots feature paired rowhouses slightly offset from each other. When grown in a row, this slight offset between rowhouse pairs will allow a zig-zagged line of rowhouses to line your city streets. These rowhouses are fully CAMpatible as their stats have been generated with the X-Tool, but the CAM is not required for them to grow.

Such rowhouses were built throughout New York City and other large northeastern American cities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. You'll notice many small gaps between the rowhouses- these were barely legal air shafts designed by the rowhouse developers so that they could fit as many tenants as possible into a building that used up as much of the lot as possible without drawing the attention of New York's Council of Hygiene and Public Health. You can read more about the history of New York City's tenements here.

Up until the 1950s, these rowhouses were home to a variety of tenants- blue collar workers, immigrants, the newly-emerging white collar office class, and a myriad of minority populations as well. However, with racial tensions and white flight, deindustrialization, and suburbanization fueled by the new Interstate Highway System, the city lost roughly a million residents from the 1960s to the 1980s before rebounding in the early 1990s. As the upper classes were moving out, blacks from the South and other minorities moved in. Even with the influx of minorities, population density in rowhouse neighborhoods fell sharply and much of New York City's housing stock began deteriorating rapidly.

By the 1980s, riots, looting, arson, and widespread abandonment were responsible for the destruction of many of these rowhouses, and some parts of the city (Bronx in particular) were filled with vacant, burned-out shells and empty lots reminiscent of WWII ruins in Europe. Many residents were convinced New York City was in a permanent decline, but beginning in the early 1990s, a resurgent economy, new policing tactics, and a new city government led New York City into a renaissance. Many rowhouses have been repaired and rents have soared as the city's rising population demands more and more housing.

See the readme for stats and other details.

Dependencies:

There are no external dependencies for these lots.

Credits:

My thanks go to the BSC team for their constant support, advice, testing, and feedback as well as to everyone who offered advice and comments on this project in my SC4D BAT thread.

Comments

thenesh74 Great work 2012/05/28
sejr99999 thank you I love this style with bay windows and the balcony detail w/laundry is great 2011/03/21
marcszar Silexmt- I'm a Simpsons fan. ;) 2010/09/08
silexmt Great stuff! BTW, is the address just a coincidence or are you a Simpsons fan? 2010/09/05
dcfr_14 I have family that lives in these. Well done! 2010/02/24
brklynkiing I used to live in one of these when i was younger 2009/11/12
bixel Incredible! 2008/08/22
JayStimson Great stuff. Could always use more. Always liked your industrial creations. Thanks for creating in this genre too. 2008/02/23
bkballa4790 Just Like Home! 2008/01/28
marcszar Thanks all for the comments! :) Feedback on BATs is always so nice to read especially whenever a difficult BAT(s) is finally finished and up on the LEX. 2008/01/17
Mas71 You are really greate BATing always! Thanks for sharing :) 2008/01/16
Cockatoo-210893 These things are fantastic! Keep it up! 2008/01/14
Hydra These are great thank you. 2008/01/13
mrbisonm Very very nice, impressed with the details you added and most of all....thanks for no dependencies 2008/01/13
stocktons_pimp oh boy!! :: 2008/01/13
SimNation Looking fantastic man...will make sections of my city have that NYC feel to it. Thanks 2008/01/13
taka2k I love W2W stuff, especially when it's NY based. These rowhouses looks great. Thanks. 2008/01/13
sebes These W2W are very welcome Marcszar!! Thanks for creating and sharing! 2008/01/13
ky72x A very nice set to compliment your NYC one, excellent work. 2008/01/12
snickm3081 Great stuff! 2008/01/12
panthersimcity4 OMG These are so beautiful, thank you so much! 2008/01/12
mattb325 These are really lively - the facades are excellent! 2008/01/12
skyjuice i love these so much 2008/01/12