Sunday, September 29, 2013


One of my favorite buildings in the South Slope, the old furniture and appliance warehouse/store at Fifth & 19th, has a gaunt, desolate beauty and a fine collection of faded signs.  I've often fantasized about living up on the top floor. 


There are For Sale signs on the building, and looking on ACRIS, I saw that the property (657 to 665) had sold earlier this month for $8,500,000.  It would be a real shame if the building were demolished, but if it's a straight condo conversion I wonder if any of the signs might linger on? Unlikely I suppose.  Even left alone in the last several years they've faded significantly. B & A. Furniture. Bed Rooms, Living Rooms, Dining Rooms.  A Friendly Frost for a Lower Cost!  RCA, Victor, Bendix, Frigidaire, General Electric. . Most recently -  NON-DISCOUNT (the middle STOP invisible) - an unlikely sales pitch.   Here's the store thirty years back, in straight B&A mode.

And here's last summer.

Update - 10/18/: More on the sale of the property on Brownstoner, and it looks like a renovation & add-on are planned. Brownstoner commenters describe the corner building as an "eyesore".

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