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The Greenpoint Terminal Market Fire: Two Years Later

May 3rd, 2008 · 2 Comments

Grenpoint Terminal Market Before-After
One of the Brooklyn waterfront’s landmarks, the Greenpoint Terminal Market burned to the ground two years ago this weekend, in a fire that started on May 2nd and went for several days. There was growing sentiment at the time to landmark the complex. A local man was later said to have started the fire while stealing copper wire. He was sentenced to treatment for alcoholism as part of a plea deal. Many residents still suspect the spectacular blaze, which was so intense that it could have taken out part of Greenpoint if the wind had been blowing in a different direction, was caused by arson. Today, the Terminal Market site is used for storage and other purposes. One building from the complex survives. The rubble and some standing segments of a burned building were finally cleared from the site and it is now used to store cement trucks, among other things. No development plans have materialized. “Greenpoint Terminal Market fire” tagged flickr photos are here.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Midge // May 4, 2008 at 10:17 am

    So weird and so sad. I loved that building. I saw it about a year ago up close..oh well. New York City is losing its history.

  • 2 Greenpoint Terminal // Nov 11, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Greenpoint Terminal Studios is up and running. One building was destroyed. The rest is available for film and photo studios. Below is the link to the website of Greenpoint Terminal.