The Comfort Inn on 20th Street (Third/Fourth) opens in a couple of months. I punched in a random midday date for June and $279 came up as the best price. I hope that includes expressway views. When the Stephen Imports warehouse was there, the block felt less dense. And I realized the other day that the height of the warehouse and the line of barbed wire fencing on top blocked a sideways view of the building next door. I'm sure there's an architectural term for the structure and the style of this facade, but I don't know it.
It's got a kind of mission or southwestern, feel. Or is it Italian in intention? At any rate, I like its stage-set duality. On top of a regular looking house, it's a real facade. And perched on the cornice, a devil/gargoyle and heraldic lions guard the home. This is the kind of building that expresses a distinct creativity and pride. Someone put their own stamp on the place.
Industry fades as office spaces and hotels are deemed acceptable substitutes. BrooklynWorks has co-working-spaces here, and there are (nice one) dance studios and an OT gym for kids. Permanent Records was here for a while but I think it's closed now. Some of the old businesses are still around - auto shop, air conditioning, heating, metal, glass - but the metalworks and Tony Cuonzo's Golden Anvil sculpture smithy at the corner are long gone. There are warehouse vacancies. Residential's mostly frame.