|A view of the late 19th-century Montauk Club in Brooklyn's Park Slope Historic District|
|Those lions don't look like any of the various lions I've seen in Venice, but at least they're lions|
|It's hard to reconcile a Venetian style with a club named after a local Native American tribe, but this is it's front entrance|
|The top hats in the above panel make it clear that we're a long way away from any Doge or Council of Ten|
"What makes you think that?" I asked.
He pointed at the stoop of one of the brownstones, at the flight of steps leading up to the front door, and said, "They put their front doors up high here, to keep out of the acqua alta."
|A row of brownstones, well-prepared for acqua alta|