Wednesday, July 26, 2006

In Red Hook: What a Difference 60 Days Make

Ikea Before and After copy

In case you just dropped in from someplace that is not Brooklyn or New York City, the photo above is Beard Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The red brick buildings in the top photo belonged to the Todd Shipyard, property now owned by Ikea. They are separated by almost exactly two months.

5 Comments:

Blogger Some Guy In Brooklyn said...

This is amazing. A year ago, I naively thought that America learned to preserve and respect its past and that older buildings are often better built and have much more character than newer ones...yet we are destroying old townhouses at rate unseen since the days of Robert Moses.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But if the buildings are not being used then what's the use. I agree old buildings are nice and they add character to an abandoned part of town that no one visits. Shoppers won't know the difference and don't care. If they did IKEA would have contemplated re-using some of the buildings instead of paving over them. NY could have got them to break their formula for development and do something interesting. Instead it will look the same as the one in Newark.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

too bad IKEA can't build anything that lasts more than a few months. I guess something built so solidly was just too intimidating for them and an afront to the disposable culture they seek to promote.

4:14 AM  
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