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Ian Jane
06-09-2015, 10:22 AM
From Wikipedia: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn_Army_Terminal)

"The complex was also known as the U.S. Army Military Ocean Terminal and the Brooklyn Army Base, as part of the New York Port of Embarkation. It was designed by Cass Gilbert and completed in September 1919. It was the largest military supply base in the United States through World War II. By the time the base was closed in the 1970s, over 3 million soldiers and 37 million tons of military supplies had passed through the terminal.[2] The 95 acre complex had its own railroad line, police and fire departments.[3] When built, it was the world's largest concrete building.

The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The listing includes 11 contributing buildings on an area of 97.2 acres (39.3 ha).[1][5] 58th Street separates the Army Terminal from the similar Bush Terminal.

The federal government sold the property to New York City in 1981. The city government began a total renovation of the site in 1984, and then the New York City Economic Development Corporation started leasing the property as a center for dozens of light manufacturing, warehousing and back-office businesses."

Yesterday I got to there. It's not really open to the public so it was kind of a cool opportunity to check out a neat old building that not everyone gets to check out. It's mainly used for industrial stuff but there are tenants in there of various capacities.

Ian Jane
06-09-2015, 10:24 AM
So yeah, this place is rad. It was featured in an episode of Kojak (http://www.rockshockpop.com/forums/content.php?2330-Kojak-The-Complete-Movie-Collection).

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Kojakmoviecollection/012.jpg

Ian Jane
06-09-2015, 10:28 AM
At any rate, I arrived and wandered around a bet. Met with who I had to meet with and wandered around some more. This place is huge. It's right along the water front and the City Of New York uses a lot of the property for various purposes - the graffiti removal guys work out of here, for example, and the NYPD stores a bunch of stuff here too.

It's right smack dab on the water front so if you look around you'll see weird old boats hanging around too.

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See? It's a big place. But where's the crazy awesome room seen in Kojak, with all the different balcony things? I could not find it in the building that I was in.

Ian Jane
06-09-2015, 10:33 AM
Then I realized, after walking around, getting in my car and heading for the exit, that hey, there's another giant building over there. Let's go see what's up. There are o signs saying I can't go over there so I'm not trespassing or anything. I was here for a legitimate reason, might as well take advantage of it. And it looks like there's a snack bar there too! I can enjoy a cool beverage.

So wander I did...

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So there it is - the building from Kojak.

Mission accomplished. I was kinda unprepared for this as I didn't know when I left for work that morning that I was going to go there so all I had on me to take pictures with was my phone. Also you can't really go 'in' the bad ass giant room as a lot of construction is going on in there and it's not safe. But still, it was neat to see.

Here's some low quality video footage from youtube shot inside the atrium room.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q3RwM7aYzc

And an interesting news piece on the building and its history.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHbVRr4Mr0U

Mark Tolch
06-09-2015, 10:49 AM
So yeah, this place is rad. It was featured in an episode of Kojak (http://www.rockshockpop.com/forums/content.php?2330-Kojak-The-Complete-Movie-Collection).

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Kojakmoviecollection/012.jpg

That is a RAD screencap. Kudos to that guy.

Ian Jane
06-09-2015, 11:17 AM
For sure.