Category Archives: Brooklyn

Glenwood Jewish Center, Brooklyn, NYC

The Glenwood Jewish Center exists in a neighborhood largely devoid of a Jewish population today. The original building from 1953 is an extremely plain, utilitarian design of brick and today houses a church. The neighboring addition however is both striking … Continue reading

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189 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NYC

Soon to be demolished, 169 Montague Street is a through-block, nine-story commercial building. Walking down the Pierrepont Street side, passerby can see the original facade from the turn of the century which dates this building as one of the older … Continue reading

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FDNY Engine 209, Brooklyn, NY

This former fire house (now owned by a private company) was built in 1965 and designed by Pedersen & Tilney. The firm was active from 1952-64 and based in New Haven, CT. They have a substantial body of work there including housing, … Continue reading

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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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