FIREBOAT STATION, Fulton Ferry

Now the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, this building, opened in 1926, was formerly used to berth fireboats and dry out lengthy firehoses, hence the tower.

For years I was under the impression that this building was the Fulton Ferry waiting room, but the ferry ceased operations in 1924, a full two years before this building was constructed. The ferry terminal was a much larger affair that straddled each side of Fulton Street at the East River edge.

This is the point where Fulton Street formerly began, following a colonial trail that ran from here into the part of Brooklyn now called Midwood. It was even once the northern extension of Kings Highway before a branch of it running northeast into Brownsville assumed the name. Since the early 1950s, this stretch has been called Fulton Street, Cadman Plaza West, and now Old Fulton Street.

3/26/14


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