Friday, February 7, 2014
One of a pair of small, well-kept looking apartment buildings right by Third Avenue at 31st Street. I would have walked right by, but the name above the door caught my eye. The entrance is a proud one. Silvio Rosanelli appears to have been active as a builder and restaurant owner in the early 1900s. At one point there was a Silvio Rosanelli Cafe & Restaurant right around the corner on Third, at the rear of 122 31st. But with Third widened to make way for the Gowanus Parkway, I'm confused how this was configured. There is a building behind 122, but surely this was not the end of the 31st Street block then. I need better maps.
A couple of online sites offer Rosanelli cafe trinkets: a brass token (Good for 5c Drink) & a jug, both bearing the business name. In 1919 Rosanelli had plans drawn up for a garage, still standing, higher up 31st.