Nothing is better than driving through a neighborhood I’ve never been to and stumbling on something like this:
You can find this amazing art-moderne building at the corner of Beverley Rd and Bedford Ave, and when I say Bedford Ave, I don’t mean a stretch in Williamsburg/Greenpoint, or Bed-Stuy. Some of you might be surprised to learn (as I was) that Bedford Ave is the longest street that runs entirely in Brooklyn (thanks for the correction, Mike).
While this building is certainly no secret to residents of Midwood, I have a feeling most of our readers don’t regularly take trips to 2359 Bedford Ave. I was late for my next appointment, which is the only reason I didn’t take more pictures.
According to Forgotten-NY, this beautiful Sears Roebuck was built in the early 1930′s, with identical stores in Union City and Hackensack, NJ. Of course, the Union City store has been torn down, but the Hackensack and Midwood outlets somehow have managed to avoid the wrecking ball to this day (while the Hackensack is still a full-fledged department store, this one only houses a Sears Auto Center in the rear).
It’s incredible how well-preserved this is, a testament to the level of quality and craftsmanship that used to go into something as unassuming as a department store. The windows are fantastic, and I love the classic lettering. I’m also curious if those lights lining the side still go on at night (which I imagine would look great).
This should have Landmark status – these simply do not exist anymore, and the idea that this could be torn down next week to make way for a Best Buy or a Super Stop and Shop (or hey, why not both!) is terrifying. Some bright sunny day this summer, I think I’m going to take a bike ride from one end of Bedford Ave to the other, and I really, really hope this is still standing (you think I’m joking but I’m not).