Around Fulton, the streets are pock-marked by building sites. I don't think I've come across a greater concentration of green plywood fencing - no mean achievement in today's NYC. Whole stretches of storefronts are shuttered. The group of frame buildings between Fulton and DeKalb won't be around much longer, and I figured I should stop by Mr Fulton and the giant toothbrush of Atlantic Dental before they turned to dust.
Stur-Dee, the health food store on Livingston, closed a year ago. The building's staying put, but like all the other smaller buildings here, it's hemmed in by new construction. Sturd-Dee was founded in 1932 by "hardy little" Leo Kerpen. In addition to his nearby processing plant, Austrian-born Kerpen ran a store and restaurant. In 1952 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle described Kerpen's health business as the biggest in the country:
"Which proves we're not fooling folks about this health food. Would we now have 15,000 accounts in Brooklyn alone? Would I have 50 in help, need a whole four-story building ... ship products all over the world?"
A couple more views,
and a photograph from 2009 that shows the site of the Albee Square Mall, later replaced by City Point. Look how prominent the Williamsburg Bank building still was, just a few years ago.
Miss Kitty, did you see it all coming?