This photo is for all of my Carroll Gardens friends and readers who are as fascinated with Carroll Gardens history as I am.
A while back, I found this wonderful photo postcard of the Behrens Ice Cream Parlor. It is a glimpse of life in the neighborhood in the 1940's, during World War II. Two servicemen in uniform can be seen sitting next to the ladies.
The inscription on the picture reads: " The Most Popular Spot In Town."
Armed with my camera, I tried to located the address indicated, 338 Court Street. But no luck. The address does not exist anymore. It should have been between Union and Sackett Street. Where Behrens' Ice Cream parlor used to be, there is now a big hole in the ground, the stalled development site of Clarett Group's "Collection At Court Street".
But the building that housed the parlor at 338 Court Street was demolished years before that, in the 1960's, to make room for the Anthony Anastasio International Longshoremen's Association Building, which later became the Long Island College Hospital Ambulatory Care facility at # 340 Court Street. The building was sold to Clarett by L.I.C.H. in 2007 and taken down in 2008.
(The only other building still on that block now houses Apple Bank at number 326 Court Street.)
That block sure has seen a lot of changes.
If anyone remembers anything about the Behrens Ice Cream Parlor, recognizes any of the people in the photograph or has any photos of that block from before the 1960's, I would absolutely love to know.
The Clarett Group's Stalled development on
Court Street between Union and Sackett Street today.
The Anthony Anastasio International Longshoremen's Association Building
shortly before it was taken down in 2008