Category Archives: Brooklyn

B’nai Israel Jewish Center, Brooklyn, NYC

Quite a find in the neighborhood of East Flatbush is the former B’nai Israel Jewish Center from 1955. The building is now East Brooklyn Community High School. Although the use has changed, the original purpose is still clear especially from the … Continue reading

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Congregation Mt. Sinai Annex

The history of this building is definitely more interesting than the exterior design. This was built in the late 1960s (cornerstone 1966) for Congregation Mt. Sinai. They had purchased the former Odd Fellows Hall next door at 301-309 Schermerhorn Street … Continue reading

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141 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY

We are back for 2015 and kicking off with some new initiatives and new discoveries! First off we have this intriguing, but down-on-its-luck building at the corner of Livingston and Smith Streets in downtown Brooklyn. This was originally the American … Continue reading

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Salvation Army, Bedford-Stuyvesant, NYC

I came across this Salvation Army building in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood recently. According to the cornerstone, it dates from 1965, but I don’t know much else. It is a multipurpose space with a utilitarian design. There is little exterior design … Continue reading

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455 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

This building, built between 1960 and 1964, stands out quite a bit on this corner of Brooklyn, otherwise surrounded by larger rowhouses and religious institutions. I imagine it continues to serve as a placeholder for future development. It was originally … Continue reading

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Dillon Child Study Center, St. Joseph’s College, Clinton Hill, NYC

Planned in 1966 and opened in 1970, the Dillon Child Study Center is on St. Joseph’s College campus in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The building is set back from Clinton Avenue behind a high, wrought-iron fence and facing a green open … Continue reading

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Lincoln Savings Bank, Gravesend, Brooklyn, NYC

This branch at Avenue X and West 2nd Street in Gravesend was built in 1965 by the Lincoln Savings Bank. It was constructed by Thompson Brinkworth Inc. and designed by Goldberg-Epstein Associates. According to Adolph Goldberg’s obituary in 1976, his … Continue reading

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Klitgord Building, NYC College of Technology, Downtown Brooklyn, NYC

This building at the corner of Jay and Tillary Streets is known as the Klitgord Building, after a former president of City Tech (as the school is informally known). It was built in 1962 and includes an auditorium, sporting and … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Heights Branch, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights, NYC

The Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library also acts as the business library for the system. It was built on the edge of Cadman Plaza and was part of the Cadman Plaza redevelopment project. The architects were Keally … Continue reading

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Marcy Branch, Brooklyn Public Library, Bedford-Stuyvesant, NYC

This Marcy Branch on Dekalb Avenue replaced the original Victorian-era Marcy Branch in Tompkins Park just a few blocks away. It opened in 1969 and according to the Library’s website was designed by Carmine Dempster of the Department of Public … Continue reading

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