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A Working Waterfront in Brooklyn?

pump house dry dock brooklyn before

After a concerted effort among our friends and neighbors in Brooklyn and the maritime community, demolition of a Civil War-era building on the working waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn, has been halted. The resulting city and state fines could come to $183,000. Plans to use much of the historic site as a parking lot are still on the drawing board. These two pictures of the 1866 pump house on Beard Street were taken less than a week apart. The pump house was built to serve the dry dock, also pictured, which is still in use today. The fate of the dry dock is still uncertain.