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Where Putnam starts…

May 5, 2008





Now most of you who live in the neighborhood will recognize this triangular “island”, which is located where Putnam starts and splits off from Fulton Street. What some of you might not know is that there used to be a triangular shaped building in the same exact location. Looking at the picture from 1959, it appears to only have been two stories but in my recollection I thought it was a bit taller(maybe it was because I was just smaller!). It’s unfortunate that my memories of this building are not good and when it was demolished in the late eighties or early nineties, most of us felt like “Good Riddance!”.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. la duchessa permalink
    May 5, 2008 8:48 pm

    any idea what the triangular building was back in the day? what was it when you were a kid?

    maybe it’s just the angle, but it looks extremely small, doesn’t it?

  2. bknesto permalink
    May 5, 2008 8:55 pm

    I could ask my mom she lived on downing street during this period. Unfortunately, when I was coming up it was basically a crack dungeon.

  3. Jim permalink
    May 6, 2008 1:13 am

    There was a similar building on the triangle where Gates starts further down Fulton. towards downtown. I remember in the early 70th when the building was empty and ready for demolition. There had been if I recall correctly a butcher shop and flower shop on the ground floor. That building was inside the bounderies of the Atlantic Terminal Urban Renewal Area, which I believe extended up to Greene Avenue. It’s now a “passive” park an d a spot to wait forever for the 69 bus.

  4. DowningbyLaw permalink
    May 7, 2008 4:32 pm

    Thanks for the link to brooklynpix, Photos of the old elevated train on Myrtle are amazing. Any more links to old local photos?
    I am curious as to when the buildings on that stretch of Putnam were bought up by the yemenese family that owns the market on fulton any clue?

  5. bianca permalink
    May 7, 2008 6:11 pm

    Maybe both buildings where somewhat connected to the streetcars that used to run down Fulton? Just a wild guess!


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