The Fulton Mall has been my neighbor for 10 years (minus My Time Away). I wrote about it in my latest Brooklyn Based column here, please give it a read.
As I mention in the column, this pedestrian mall can be not so aesthetically pleasing, but I felt challenged to hunt for some beauty. Now that its current state is endangered, I finally motivated to take some photos in the morning light, before shops opened.
This historic building (formerly Conway) will be converted to lofts. To the left is where H&M is being built.
This is the former site of the demolished Albee Square Mall, as immortalized in the Biz Markie song "Albee Square Mall." Please give it a listen now. In its place rises CityPoint retail/residential. The impressive building behind is the former Dime Savings Bank, now some other damn bank.
Some art installations along abandoned shopfronts on Willoughby:
More info and photos here.
Oh so poignant:
New Brooklyn looming over the old!
Below shows some of the nicer buildings Macy's (at left) took over.
Below, former site of the gas-lit olden restaurant Gage & Tollner, circa 1875 (it's being used as a Boardwalk Empire filming location yesterday and today).
A subterranean shoe repair nook in the 2/3 subway station.
Former site of Schrafft's restaurant, which was once a very big deal.
Macy's foyer, pre-opening.
My favorite ghost ad, at viewing height for the former elevated trains.
A remnant from a former department store:
And ahh, Thom McAn, I knew them (and Fayva) well from my own mall days.