Exploring the Secrets of the Astral Apartments

A year ago, I heard that plans were in the works to remake Rosemary’s Baby, and my reaction was exactly what you’re thinking now: NO. The film is a masterpiece, and to remake it would be nothing short of cinematic blasphemy. In the days that followed, however, I found myself mulling over the central question: what would a Rosemary’s Baby ... Read More »

This Fish Factory Sign Looks Familiar…

OK, is it just me, or does this sign for Marshall’s Greenpoint Fish Factory… …look a hell of a lot like the logo for Marshall’s the discount clothing chain?  Just something I wonder about every time I get on the BQE from Greenpoint. -SCOUT Read More »

Ghosts of a Brooklyn Pencil Factory

Continuing my search for a usable elevator in Greenpoint, my boss had given me a few addresses to check out, and as I approached 61 Greenpoint, I noticed a really great building detail I’ve never seen before… Lining the top floor windows are rows… …of pencils! Why Pencils? 61 Greenpoint was once part of the Faber Pencil Factory, located in ... Read More »

The 1920s Movie Theater Hidden In A Rite Aid

Don’t let the squat little Rite Aid storefront on Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint fool you… It has a big history. A movie theater for most of its life, you can see it below in 1928 when it was known as the Fox Meserole showing silent films (the advertised Baby Mine was made in 1928 – more info here). Picture courtesy ... Read More »

Where Racquetballs Go To Die

I’ve been scouting warehouse rooftops in Brooklyn on the East River recently. Though this one in Greenpoint has a pretty great view… …what really impressed me is that I had apparently stumbled into racquetball heaven! There were dozens and dozens of racquetballs all over the roof, which I can only assume are from kids playing handball against the warehouse wall. ... Read More »