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Shedding Light on a Forgotten Red Hook Warehouse

160 Imlay St. in Red Hook

Two stark, imposing sister buildings at 160 and 62 Imlay St. tower over the industrial wastes of Red Hook, Brooklyn.  One recently renovated into a high-tech Christie’s storage facility for multi-million dollar works of art, the other a hulking, empty shell, waiting for a second life.

Constructed in 1911-13, the identical twin loft buildings on 160 and 62 Imlay St. began their lives as storehouses for the New York Dock Company.  They made up a small part of a “globe-encircling commercial undertaking,” which included a sprawling network of 200 warehouses, 39 piers, and three ship-to-rail freight terminals extending over three miles of the Brooklyn Waterfront.

Rapidly declining profits and outdated infrastructure resulted in a cessation of operations in 1983.  The buildings were purchased by a developer in 2000 and 2002 for a combined 22 million.  In 2003, plans for a residential overhaul of 160 Imlay fell through as a result of a lawsuit from the local Chamber of Commerce, which sought to retain an industrial use for the property.

Now at 62 Imlay St, floors once flooded with tobacco and cotton are welcoming a new set of residents—multimillion dollar works of art by the likes of Van Gogh, Brancusi, and Pollack.  The facility is leased by the high-profile auction house Christie’s and is equipped with “infrared video cameras, biometric readers and motion-activated monitors, as well as smoke-, heat- and water-detection systems.”

Adjacent sits the other sister with an uncertain future, its broad, vacant interiors shielded with plastic and shrouded in black netted scaffolding, gutted in preparation for a rumored second attempt at a residential conversion.

Third Floor - Imlay Street

160 Imlay Elevator Shaft

160 Imlay St.

Abandoned Red Hook Building

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6 thoughts on “Shedding Light on a Forgotten Red Hook Warehouse

  1. Your pictures are gorgeous! I’ve been here so many times, but always by night – I had no idea the walls were green. Have you ever been up to the roof? Best view in Brooklyn.

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    Posted by Hannah | 8-13-12., 11:53 pm
  2. i want to get some shots with my cam aswel… looked this place up on google maps but dont see any entrances. all gated up and barbed wire. how do you get in?

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    Posted by RaphealCrump | 7-31-13., 4:02 pm
  3. Thanks for this! We lived on the 3rd floor of an apt directly behind (on Van Brunt St.) for several years. I spent many hours admiring the view from our fire escape or roof, and I always wondered about those buildings.

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    Posted by Lissa | 8-28-13., 10:45 pm
  4. Great to see the photos. Will E Halm is my great grandfather and the article was fun to read. Thanks.

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    Posted by Douglas Halm | 12-13-17., 4:51 pm

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