Friday, November 05, 2010

A Moment Back In Time: The Bakery On Columbia Street, Now Long Gone

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The bakery at 230 Columbia Street back in the winter of 1948

The same spot on Columbia Street today

Columbia Street at Union Street, where # 230 would have stood.

How cool is this great black and white photograph taken of neighborhood residents and policemen on Columbia Street? This winter scene took place in 1948 and was taken in front of a bakery store at #230 Columbia St., between Union and President Streets.

The bakery and the actual building is long gone, unfortunately. It was most probably taken down shortly after 1975, when the city began digging a trench for a sewer line at Columbia and President Street, to connect to the Red Hook Sewer treatment plant. According to the South Brooklyn Network, during the excavation, "water seeped into the constuction trench. As workers pumped it out, the water table fell, weakening the foundations of nearby buildings. Two buildings collapsed, and one man was killed. 33 buildings were demolished as a safety measure, and many remaining businesses and residents were pulled out."

Do any of the old timers in the neighborhood remember this bakery? What was its name. Would love to find out more about it.

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magoo said...

that spot was a large fruit/vegetable store during the early 60's.

Kelly said...

Cool. Do you remember when the buildings were torn down?

magoo said...

i moved to that area when i was tiny tot in the early 60's. in fact the veg/fruit store can be seen (briefly) in a mafia movie with kirk douglas. you get a quick glimpse of the store and across the street. i'll research & tell you the name of the movie.

Katia said...

Oh, please, please do. Would love to see the film.

Anonymous said...

Looks like that movie:

The Brotherhood (1968)

Anonymous said...

That bakery was a favorite with longshoremen from
the piers as were many businesses down there.
According to one old crow that bakery was called
Shfrugli or Scfrulli. Something. I have to get the actual spelling. Very popular place around Christmas. Lines
out the door etc. I think the guy at Ferdinando will know.
Stay tuned.

lisa said...

Hi Katia,
I met you ages ago while researching a piece for New York Magazine. I've always been a fan of your blog, it's great! I just launched a local news magazine and I featured your blog....please check it out and let me know what you think! I'm sure you'll have some story ideas... I hope we can link back and forth to each other!
all the best,

Katia said...

Cool site, Lisa.
Will certainly check back often. Keep in touch.

magoo said...

thank you anonymous 7:37, it is 'the brotherhood'. if you blink, you'll miss it.

Anonymous said...

Ok...Chicky has really bad eyesite and couldn't see the photo on my phone. So next time I'll get him to see a larger image. Now, The name is still fuzzy with one old timer...she says it was called "Cioffee" say SHOW-fees.
Or something...I just dont wanna go to the archives! :)