By GARY FONVILLE
Forgotten NY correspondent
Because NYC was a great manufacturing center, many factory chimneys can be found within our city limits. They belonged to businesses who generally produced a lot of exhaust. Some businesses took advantage of their chimneys’ height to advertise themselves…
You may have seen blue and white trucks that belong to the Sea Crest Linen Supply rolling around the city, servicing restaurants, hotels, etc. Obviously, there has been a laundry here at Franklin Avenue & Crown Street in Crown Heights for a long time. Formerly, it was Erasmus Laundry.
This time of year [July 2013] this chimney would be impossible to see because of foliage. Fortunately I saw this in February of this year while driving up Washington Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Interboro Brewery is on the premises as the former Consumer Brewery on Franklin Avenue, near Crown Street.
Cascade Laundry was a fixture on Marcy & Myrtle Avenues in Bed-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn for many years. They closed shop and bolted for New Jersey a few years back, leaving many local residents jobless.
Bohack’s, many years ago, could be found in almost every corner of NYC. Bohack’s warehouse had this chimney on Flushing Avenue near Metropolitan Avenue in Maspeth, Queens.
[This was formerly known as Bohack Square, as the company had its base of operations here. They even operated a cafeteria, and the distinctive Bohack B's can still be made out on the building.]
Can anyone enlighten us FNY fans about Trageser on Grand Avenue, near Page Place in Maspeth, Queens?
[Trageser produced water heaters, but I'm stumped on further details.]
Ditto for this chimney on Vernon Boulevard near Broadway in Astoria, Queens.
[The lettering says "Wood." That's a nice painted ad using the Copperplate font below.]
Looks like the sign says “Just Packaging”. It’s in Brownsville, Brooklyn, somewhere near Junius Street. In a rare instance, I can’t remember exactly where I took this picture.
[There are a couple of Just Packaging smokestacks around, including one in Greenpoint]
It appears that there was once greater height to this chimney on New Lots Avenue, near Sackman Street in Brownsville, Brooklyn.