admiral’s row.

April 12, 2012
wistera 2

house 2


wistera 3


a walk yesterday past admiral’s row at the brooklyn navy yard. glad to know something positive will be happening in this space, soon. for now, admiring the handiwork of april wisteria.

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  • Reply Jane Flanagan April 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Ahh wisteria always makes me happy.

  • Reply jennifer April 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I've always been so intrigued by that place…and the giant empty boat hanger at the navy yard.

    • Reply Erin April 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      totally. sad the houses have been left to deteriorate so badly. but glad for the neighborhood there's some change coming (grocery store + preservation)!

  • Reply Meagan :: Mo Pie, Please April 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    These photographs are absolutely gorgeous!

    • Reply Erin April 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      thanks, meagan!

  • Reply Carrie April 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I love that you caught a tiny glimpse at nature overcoming and beautifying what we have constructed and left to die. It makes me feel like nature stands up for itself.

  • Reply Anita April 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    What powerful photos! thank-you for sharing!

    • Reply Erin April 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      thanks, anita. glad you like them.

  • Reply Rhianne April 13, 2012 at 8:36 am

    the colours are so pretty!

    • Reply Erin April 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      nothing quite like wisteria, hunh?

  • Reply Milynn luong April 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Beautiful photos! I hope the changes come quickly to preserve that neighborhood. I love the stairs in the front of that house, we don't see homes like that in Florida.

    • Reply Erin April 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      sadly, most of the houses are too far gone for full renovations, but they are planning to restore two of them, and to build a desperately needed grocery for the neighborhood. all in all an excellent compromise, i think!

  • Reply sweet harvest moon April 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    So pretty!

  • Reply bigBANG studio April 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    That secret little spot back there is one of my favorite nooks in BK. Vinegar Hill is such a magical spot. I saw your comment above, but what else is in store for the neighborhood? Do post whatever link you have on the story!

    And if you're a wisteria nut, check out the oldest wisteria in Manhattan on Stuyvesant between 2nd and 3rd in the East Village. It's SPECTACULAR, and just a few days away from full-blown glory. People come from all over the city to pay homage and photograph it at twilight. My studio is directly opposite so I get to gaze across the street all afternoon and catch its heavenly scent. Just miraculous!


    • Reply Erin April 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm


      can't wait to get over to catch a sight of that wisteria vine. sounds incredible!

      also, glad you're curious!

      more about admiral's row: sadly, when the navy yard was decommissioned in 1966, the federal government retained control of these properties. years of neglect means that many of the buildings are far too deteriorated to be preserved. in january, the feds finally ceded (sold) the property to the brooklyn navy yard development corporation (the brilliant folks behind BLDG 92)

      nytimes article:

      in what seems like a pretty good compromise, two of the buildings are going to be saved, the others will be demolished. the bright side: a grocery store will be moving in to service a hugely underserved part of the city.

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