Admiral’s Row Outrage: The Latest


Photo: Gothamist

SNOWSTORMS HAVEN’T BEEN KIND to Admiral’s Row, a group of early 19th century naval officers’ residences adjacent to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The once-distinguished strip of brick Greek Revival-style houses has been allowed to deteriorate shockingly. The buildings have crumbled, been repeatedly vandalized, and are now on the verge of demolition by the city, which has plans to partially raze the site and build a 65,000-square-foot ShopRite supermarket, plus 155,000 square feet of new commercial and industrial space.

The Timber Shed as it looked in the 1800s

The 1830s Timber Shed, a warehouse for ships’ mastheads, is one of two Admiral’s Row buildings that stands a chance of being saved

According to a recent report on the terrific website Brooklyn Based (which everyone who wants to keep up with developments in New York City’s hippest borough should subscribe to), “the forward march of development may be halted by the combination of one rickety roof and a winter’s worth of heavy snows.”

Building B

Building “B” of Admiral’s Row as it looked in its pre-Civil War heyday

To read more about this seeming paradox and one activist’s efforts to save Admiral’s Row, go here. Click here to take a video tour of the site as it looks today.

Then there’s my own impassioned blog post about Admiral’s Row, written in April 2009.

About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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2 Responses to Admiral’s Row Outrage: The Latest

  1. coppermaven says:

    I am so upset about this! And every year they get more and more dilapidated!

  2. Christopher says:

    Only in NYC, seriously. I am so angry at this city right now. I loved it here in the 1970s because SO many historical and old interesting points throughout the city were still there. Either still in use or only recently abandoned, and it was fascinating to me going around and learning about the city’s history through structures like this. I remember the old COney Island and cried when I read that the Thunderbolt had been torn down. What’s the point of this city anymore? Supermarkets? Condos? It’s just like every other “revitalized” post industrial decayed urban center now. All the real people are pushed out and all the yuppies brougth in to work at their little graphic design and office jobs and on weekends they shop at Lowes, Target, and all the cool chain places they had back where they came from in the burbs. Let’s just tear down the entire city and build condos and strip malls. Who needs the old NYC anyway?

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