Saturday, May 13, 2017

The West Brighton Projects Project: Part Five - Northside of Castleton Avenue between Alaska and Richmond Streets

Just a short blast of buildings today, all commercial (with the usual upstairs apartments), all gone. We continue along Castleton Avenue heading west. The remnants of the avenue's once glorious business days linger on in rundown shops lining the southside of the street, but from these pictures and the past batches, we can see just how impressive it all once was.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

The Stapleton Projects Project - Part Fourteen - Warren Street to Fulton Street to Patten Street to Meadow Street

After a lengthy hiatus, welcome back to the lost buildings and homes wiped out by the construction of the Stapleton Housing Projects. Here's a large number of photos from a block that once existed along Warren Street between Hill and Gordon. Unlike many of the other blocks I've recreated, there are no stores. The only things that isn't a house is the original Holy Trinity Ukrainian Church (click HERE for its history).

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church - the congregation moved to Vanderbilt Avenue in 1957 when the city decided to build the projects.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The West Brighton Projects Project: Part Four - Richmond Street, Castleton Avenue, State Street, and Market Street

It's been awhile since I've posted (holidays, new contractor), so here's a great big West New Brighton post. Today, it's only a sidewalk between buildings, but once upon a time a street called Richmond Street ran north from Castleton Avenue between Broadway and Alaska Street. State Street cut across Castleton and ran north for another two blocks before ending at West Union Street, itself a lost street.

This block is an interesting one. Starting from the northwest corner, there's a row of multi-unit buildings followed by a bowling alley/restaurant, then another apartment. 
Coming around the corner to Castleton, there's a densely packed block of stores with apartments overhead. It's hard to read all the signs and awnings, but there's an Italian American grocery, a hardware store, a jeweler, and finally a Roulston's. The latter was a widespread grocery chain (about 300 stores in the forties. When its founder died, the family sold off the property).

Looping back around the block, down State Street and around to Market Street, there are two more businesses (the first being a barbershop) and then a run of houses. 








Above location seen from same vantage point modern day












Thursday, December 15, 2016

Port Richmond Project Part 7: (Port) Richmond Avenue between Richmond Terrace and the railroad overpass

Today we'll starting moving up (Port) Richmond Avenue's west side, starting at Richmond Terrace. This post will go up to the old railroad overpass. There are a few pictures that are very dark to the point of obscurity. I've included them anyway because, well, just because. The first is of the Port Richmond Dutch Reformed Church and the other of a house that no longer exists.

The Port Richmond National Bank building is still one of the most attractive commerical edifices on the island. I suppose these palaces of capitalism were intended to reassure and awe the customers. Just walk into the old Staten Island Savings building in Stapleton to see what I mean.
Unfortunately, this building (examined in this earlier post) looks to be vacant and possibly abandoned. If Port Richmond were to ever experience a revitalization, this would be a beautiful building restored.

What can I say about the Port Richmond Reformed Church? It's one of the oldest churches and oldest congregations on Staten Island. I've never been inside, which I should rectify some day. 

 This one's gone as is the house in the background - seen, barely, below

1917 Map - the three linked buildings, 90, 91, and 92, weren't built yet. Even the bank was as big as it is today.