Thursday, October 08, 2009

The Relics of East New York and Brownsville

East New York and Brownsville don't pop into people's minds when you say "historic New York City," but this pair of Brooklyn neighborhoods sports some surprisingly unmolested pieces of architecture, signage, and other effluvia from days gone by. I ran home from East New York to Crown Heights this morning, and stopped for a few photos of my favorites, above:

1. Pittsburgh Paints - One of East New York's many well-preserved hand-painted signs.

2. Twisted Metal - All that remains of the Pitkin Avenue portion of the original Fulton Avenue El.

3. Royal Wallpaper and a lovely old building that may have been a bank - Pitkin Avenue was a main-drag shopping area for much of it's history, and a few remnants of that era remain.

4. The Loew's Pitkin Theater - A crown jewel of the Loew's chain, this spectactular greek-revival theater is now totally decrepit (there's a tree growing out of the porous roof), but hopefully not beyond repair.

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