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 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” of Admiral’s Row as it looked in its pre-Civil War heyday
Then there’s my own impassioned blog post about Admiral’s Row, written in April 2009.