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Found In Blissville, Made In Greenpoint!
Filed under: 11101, 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic, Long Island City, Manhattan, Queens
I found the above at the Van Dam Street yesterday. Needless to say I found its use (abuse) of grammar amusing. Upon closer inspection I found a nugget of Greenpoint goodness.
BROOKLYN VAULT LIGHT CO. 262 Monitor St. Brooklyn, N.Y.
It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten my Greenpoint geek on. Today I did. Here’s what 262 Monitor Street looks like nowadays.
To say the least I was disappointed.* But I did find a few nifty items about Brooklyn Vault Light Company online. Here they are:
The above hails from the 120th Volume of American Architect. It would appear that I have stumbled upon a state-of-the-art coal hole cover! By 1921 standards, anyway.
This classy piece of correspondence comes courtesy of Glassian.org.
And last, but hardly least, what would a piece of Greenpoint history be without a lawsuit? Involving high society, no less! From the March 13, 1921 edition of the New York Times:
To get a peek of Mrs. Vanderbilt’s digs click here.
To see what has happened to Mrs. Vanderbilt’s manse (666 Fifth Avenue) click here.
*There are no sidewalks to speak of on Monitor between Greenpoint Avenue and Norman Avenue. Just a bunch of pot holes and a bunch of parked/idling cars mostly. Northside Car Service seems to be particularly fond of parking/hanging out on the “sidewalk” in this area.