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Deteriorating, Landmarked Gowanus Building Now Has Open Door

December 9th, 2008 · 3 Comments

This is not the first time we’ve posted about relatively open access and weird things at the landmarked building at the corner of Third Avenue and Third Street in Gowanus on the (maybe) Whole Foods site. The building is not owned by Whole Foods, but at various times, windows have been removed, the front doors have been left open and its condition has been deteriorating. Brownstoner has reported via the Daily News that there is an agreement between the owner of the building and Whole Foods about improving it. Whole Foods says the building’s owner hasn’t communicated with them about his plans for the building. Now, a side door of the building has been ripped off. It is behind a fence that, well, has sometimes fall down, so it’s not out of the question that people can be in the building or could damage it. This photo comes to us from GL Correspondent Max Casey who practically barked at us that the door has been open for more than a week.

Tags: Gowanus · Whole Foods

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris // Dec 9, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Still the best looking public toilet in Brooklyn.

  • 2 Brenda from Flatbush // Dec 9, 2008 at 10:47 am

    What idiots are letting this building rot? (Or is the idea to let it die so they can build some big thing over it?) This was, I believe, Edwin Litchfield’s office, and he could look down and see it from his villa in present-day Prospect Park…

  • 3 J // Dec 9, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    if they let it rot, it falls down, and if it falls down, they don’t have to build around the original building. they may be idiots, but they’re not fools.