Culture on the Cheap
The Big Greenpoint Fire of 1900
When I was knocking around the Brooklyn Daily Eagle online archives last night I happened upon a piece of Greenpoint treasure.
Your eyes are not deceiving you. The title of the above photograph reads The Post & McCord Fireproof Building, Destroyed In The Big Greenpoint Fire, April 9. Yes, it would appear Josh Guttman’s convenient conflagration two years ago was only the latest in a long tradition of Garden Spot firebuggery. Come to think of it, maybe the moniker “Garden Spot of the Universe” should be dropped in favor of something reflecting our fair ‘nabe’s appetite for destruction. “You Build It, We Burn It” immediately comes to mind, but I am certain a number of you, dear readers, can come up with something better.
In any case I was intrigued by the destruction of this supposedly fire proof building so I did a little searching and found this article from the April 22, 1900 issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Enjoy!
The result of this fire proves to me that if it is desired to prevent the destruction of a building of the sort by fire, the whole exterior should be walled about with fire brick.
This Mr. Gullfoyle was sharp as a tack. Too bad he is no longer with us, he’d probably be a much better Buildings Commissioner than our current one.
P.S.: Curious as to where this big Greenpoint fire took place? If so, click here for the reveal!