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.

2 comments:

  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.

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

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