Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Industrial buildings and garages
Address: 347-359 Flushing Avenue
Cross Streets: Classon and Kent avenues
Neighborhood: East Williamsburg
Year Built: Teens for the handsome brick garage, undetermined for the rest
Architectural Style: Taxpayer
The story: Ok, there is nothing significant or outstanding about these buildings. In fact, with the exception of the larger garage, which has some style, these are basic taxpayers: utilitarian buildings built to house rather humble pursuits. But, I chose these for a reason, because there is still a story here. A number of stories, actually, both past and present.
Before the BQE, back in the 1800s, this part of town was pretty much residential. Small tenement buildings, many with storefronts on the ground floor lined this side of Flushing Avenue, as well as a couple of houses. The people who lived here worked in the nearby factories, and at the Navy Yard. The buildings that stood where this group stands now were numbered 347-359 Flushing, and there were at least seven buildings here at the turn of the century. (more…)