• Anthony Manuel Ramos

Leaving Brooklyn

It was a bittersweet decision in the sense that we loved living in NYC and our lives were fast-paced and active. We took advantage of all the things the city had to offer. Broadway theater, amazing restaurants, access to whatever and whenever, and the friends and relationships we developed along the way will be everlasting.


Covid-19 has changed the city so much and not for the best. It pains me to think of NYC not in the way I remember it. Shuttered stores and local restaurants, the theaters are dark, and many of the friends we had have moved out of the city.

Originally constructed as The Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower in 1929, One Hanson Place is one of the city's architectural icons and an officially designated a landmark building.


Our neighborhood in Fort Greene, Brooklyn was a colorful, vibrant ‘hood with every convenience a New Yorker could want or need. The rows of brownstones and row fronts were so beautiful and the architecture so classic for the city. Our view from the 12th floor was of brownstone Brooklyn, a view that I will never forget. The morning sun would peer into our oversized windows and the glimmer of the afternoon sun would drench our apartment in a warm glow. We lived in an iconic building built in the late 1920s, a bank headquarters known as the Williamsburgh Savings Bank. We were lucky to rent an apartment there where we spent 11 of the most memorable years. The parties, festive dinners, family visits, and quiet cozy evenings will never be forgotten - and always cherished.

The building's marketing always made us laugh but it rang ever so true. “When you live in a landmark, every moment is priceless,” well, every moment at home in Brooklyn was priceless and I’m thrilled I had the chance to live in the best city in the world for over a decade.

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