9. Sunset Park has the Northeast’s largest urban historic district

Sunset Park rowhouses

The Sunset Park Historic District is the largest urban historic district in the Northeast, roughly between 38th and 64th Streets bounded by Fourth and Seventh Avenues. The historic district is often subdivided into smaller sections, including the Sunset Park South Historic District along 54th through 59th Streets. Many streets within the historic district contain two-story-and-basement row houses constructed around the 1890s in styles including Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival, and Romanesque Revival.

Sunset Park Courthouse

Among the notable buildings in the large historic district is the Sunset Park Courthouse, built in 1930-1931 in the Neoclassical style with Ionic columns and a limestone facade. Developers have posed a threat to some of the row houses, many of which feature rounded facades and ornate roof elements. While Fourth and Fifth Avenues are bustling with commerce, these streets are charming and historic, boasting various architectural styles.