The former Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor/Congregation of the Infant Jesus, the old convent buildings at the corner of Henry and Kane in Cobble Hill—sold a little while ago for $5.4 million—is getting a major renovation as its being converted into apartments. The tall, wooden front doors are being sanded and stripped and repaired. The long, cast-iron fence around the property is being stripped of all rust. But, most important, the back yard, which for many years has been filled with weeds and appalling array of junk, is being cleared. A mini-bulldozer was busy leveling the brush and dumping loads of crap into a nearby dumpster. (See below)
Looking through the old door, I got a glimpse of the remaining weeds, all dead, left in the lot.
I also saw the lovely detailing on this old window. I hope they restore it.
These properties, long in disrepair, are old, old South Brooklyn. The Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor/Congregation of the Infant Jesus was an order which began in France. They devoted their time to caring for the sick, looking after their homes and giving them medicine. The nuns used to hold dances to raise money. According to my records, the buildings were built in the 1850s and are among the oldest in the area. One they, plus the building to their right, stood alone, surrounded by land. The nuns moved in in 1906 and it became a convent.