Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Studebaker

Plenty of bloggers (including this guy who unforgiveably calls our neighborhood "wack") have written up the former Studebaker showroom on Bedford and Sterling, now enjoying a new lease on life as a landmarked building housing 27 low-income units. The ten-second history of the building is this: it was built in 1920 when Bedford between Fulton and Empire was Brooklyn's "Automobile Row," and it was recently renovated and preserved (nice little NYT article here) by a community-minded developer who wanted to both preserve the beauty of the area and provide affordable housing (he's apparently a good friend of the Easter Bunny). And it looks really freakin' cool.

For a wonderful comprehensive essay on the place, check out this piece on Brownstoner.


  1. It's such a shame. This building is so stately but the rest of the buildings in the immediate vecinity are relatively lackluster. I wonder what "Automobile Row" looked like.

    Glad they were able to preserve the building and make affordable housing available in the neighborhood.

  2. P.S. Agreed. The reference to our "wack" neighborhood is unforgivable.