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  • VINTAGE FHP, Borough Park

    February 26, 2015

    There really is something for everyone in this circa 1960 view (courtesy Brooklyn Historical Society) of Fort Hamilton Parkway looking east at 60th Street. For the vintage car nut, there’s quite  a collection for you (name ‘em). Old sign people will like the old-school soda fountain and restaurant signs on opposite corners. Architecture fans will [...]

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  • THE TRANSFORMATION OF ASSER LEVY PLACE

    February 25, 2015

    By SERGEY KADINSKY Forgotten NY Correspondent A few years ago, FNY documented former parts of Avenue A that have since been demapped or renamed. I have an update for you… On February 2, 2015, the city’s Parks Department celebrated the demapping of Asser Levy Place, a two-block remnant of Avenue A between East 23rd Street and East 25th [...]

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  • BEHR HOUSE, Brooklyn Heights

    February 23, 2015

    Perhaps the handsomest building in Brooklyn Heights, the Herman Behr House at Pierrepont and Clinton Streets  is an exquisite Romanesque Revival mansion designed in 1890 by Frank Freeman. The massive style was popularized by Boston architect H.H. Richardson in the 1880s and is characterized by heavy masonry walls, a fortresslike design, terra cotta ornamentation, tile [...]

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  • HAMILTON HEIGHTS to HARLEM, Part 2

    February 22, 2015
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    Continued from Part 1 There are still some parts of Manhattan I haven’t been in with regularity since I began photographing this website in 1998, and the area in the West 140s from St. Nicholas Avenue west to Riverside Drive has been one of those. Funny because I’ve spent a lot of time in the [...]

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  • ROBERT GAIR, DUMBO, Brooklyn

    February 21, 2015

    Since I’m working for a few weeks in one of the many buildings constructed in DUMBO (or Down Under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Overpasses) by industrialist Robert Gair’s company, (he invented the corrugated cardboard box), here’s something about him, according to NYC Landmarks: Robert Gair became the dominant industrial presence in DUMBO in the [...]

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  • MASONIC TEMPLE, Tottenville

    February 21, 2015

    The cornerstone for the Masonic Temple for Huguenot Lodge #381 on Main Street south of Amboy Road was laid with great fanfare on June 12, 1909. There was a gathering of hundreds with marching bands, speechmaking and pageantry. The Huguenot Lodge was named for French Protestants forced to leave their country because of religious intolerance [...]

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  • LIVING AMONG THE DEAD, Evergreens Cemetery

    February 19, 2015

    Here’s one of the stranger stories concerning one of the major NYC cemeteries, Evergreens Cemetery, which is about evenly divided between Brooklyn and Queens, the westernmost burial city in the Cemetery Belt, which sprawls along the terminal moraine, or mountainous lands left by the retreat of the last glacier thousands of years ago, between the [...]

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  • GARLINGE TRIANGLE, Maspeth

    February 18, 2015

    Maspeth’s WWI Memorial is in a traffic triangle named for a local soldier, Walter Garlinge. Originally NYC Parks Department had posted a sign calling it “Garlinger Triangle” adding an incorrect R to the end of his name.  The memorial is at a band in Grand Avenue where it meets 57th Avenue and 72nd Place. The [...]

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  • VANISHED MAILBOXES

    February 18, 2015

    When I first started photography for Forgotten New York in 1998 there were still a number of these small mailboxes mounted on telephone poles, or even proprietary concrete posts, scattered in outlying areas around town, such as this one on West 254th Street in Riverdale, Bronx. In former years they were also mounted on castiron [...]

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  • GIVAN HOUSE, Baychester

    February 17, 2015

    There’s an unusual frame house on Mickle Avenue between Adee and Arnow Avenues that faces diagonally to the street on which it has an address. Usually, that’s a tipoff to an ancient or unusual history, and in this case, it doesn’t disappoint. ForgottenFan Don Gilligan, an area resident, writes, quoting the Chester Civic Newsletter: Recently, [...]

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