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