This house is a unique example, as there is an old half flounder hiding back behind the front house. Often what would happen is the flounder would be built first, and then the front would be built later.
These little false roofs are also a feature of houses from the late Nineteenth Century.
The house below is starting to collapse, with spalling of the outer layer of brick, which protects the softer inner two layers from the weather falling off.
This vacant corner store alludes to a larger problem; there are basically no places to shop, not even a small convenience store left in the neighborhood.