39th Street in Brooklyn is a main route between the waterfront through Sunset Park and Borough Park. It is the first through street south of the interruption caused by Green-Wood Cemetery. It has been home to trolley lines and bus routes including today’s B35, which rumbles from Sunset Park into Brownsville. The craft beer and imported coffee crowd have yet to invade these precincts, and things are still pretty much what they were when as a kid I would joyride the B35 or just ride my bicycle on 39th, with an interspersion of light manufacturing, repairs, wholesale joints and affordable residences, all jammed together on the same block.
1068 39th Street is the address of Speedy Decorators, which does “custom made furniture, reupholstery, slip covers, draperies, refinishing” in a low-rise brick building, with a rather wide garage door opening.
Its former use, however, is indicated by a frieze depicting ole Dobbin above the entrance. No doubt this and a number of other buildings on 39th Street were once used as stables. It’s unusual because side streets, such as Waverly Avenue in Clinton Hill, were generally used to place them, but 39th Street is a major route.