CASCADE LAUNDRY, Bedford-Stuyvesant

Cascade Linen Service, which supplied table napkins and tablecloths to restaurants citywide, called this modest red brick building at Myrtle and Marcy Avenues home from 1898-2010, but developers have had eyes on it for some time. The site was purchased for $27M in 2013, according to Curbed, and you would have to think that a high-rise rich-people storage unit will soon rise on the site, taking Cascade and its smokestacks with it.

Cascade is very well-known for its dishwasher detergent line, which it originated in 1953. It’s named for the Cascade mountain range in the Pacific Northwest; its logo, still seen on the Myrtle Avenue, contains a representation of the peaks.

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4 Responses to CASCADE LAUNDRY, Bedford-Stuyvesant

  1. JaxD says:

    Speaking of dirty laundry. The old Brighton Laundry at Neptune Ave., next to the F line has just been sold for redevelopment. Anyone have any history of it?

  2. Lori D says:

    I just want to make a slight correction to your post. Cascade Laundry was not affiliated with Cascade dishwashing detergent. I worked for Cascade Laundry for 17 years, until it closed in 2010.

    • angela williams says:

      Thank you Lori D for your tidbit about Cascade. I live in one of the housing complexes on Throop Avenue near the Cascade plant. My mother grew up in this neighborhood on Whipple street. People don’t like change and I will be sorry to see Cascade building go. It was comforting walking to the train station each day, as the years rolled by to see Cascade still doing business. My memories of the smell of clean laundry from Cascade as with the smell of the bread bakery that used to be on Empire Blvd., will be just that now.

  3. angelo boccia says:

    i was born at 890 myrtle ave in 1938 witch is one block from the cascade laundry i lived their till 1955.i went to public school 55 witch was on Stockton st.i remember the 1950s when i was a teenager.many of the guys use to sing down in the subway that you can see in the dad use to take the train to work from that station every day at to go to new jersey whear he worked.iuse to hang outa t the candy store on Tomkins ave and play stickball on Vernon ave.i also went to jhs 148 on elery st. it was a great time to remember living in Brooklyn .the house that i lived in is just a empty lot now i am 78 years old now and always wanted to see the old nighberhood again.maybe someday i will be abel to see how it is now.

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