New York City To Auction Historic Artifacts From Brooklyn Warehouse

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – If you walk down a residential street near the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, you might look up at the old sign with Mayor Ed Koch’s name on it.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman In Williamsburg

If you’re really curious, you might try the door or dial the phone number on it, but you won’t get an answer.

For decades, the public had come to the Architectural Salvage Warehouse on Berry Street to buy artifacts from a lost city – seats from the old Audubon Ballroom or signs from Grand Central Terminal‘s old post office. There is even equipment from New York City’s last slaughterhouse.

“But, apparently, in the last ten years, that had diminished,” says Suzanne Wasserman, director of the Gotham Center for New York City History at the City University of New York.

She says that now, the entire contents of the warehouse will go to a single bidder later this month. They won’t even sort the history from the junk.

“I don’t think it’s right because there are things that are part of our cultural legacy,” she tells WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman. “The Landmarks Preservation Commission claims they asked museums if they could take the stuff and that nobody was interested. I don’t know if that’s true.”

What do you think should be done with the artifacts? Let us know below…

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  • gg

    landmarks preservation commission are a bunch of self-serving hypocrites. they landmark properties based on politics, and sell off historical, cultural objects to the highest bidder

  • Bruce

    I too find it hard to believe there are no takers.

  • Laura

    Unbelievable- The City will give it to one bidder who will in turn sell the stuff on Ebay and the like? Why don’t they open the warehouse (even if it’s a limited time) to the public after introducing the place to those of us who didn’t know it existed. Many of us would like a piece of the City that’s in our blood.

  • James

    Like most things in New York City , no one will care until they find there was something of monumental proportions. Like I always wondered what ever happened to the 5 tier lamp that was on the Manhattan side of the 59th st. bridge. I bet its in this warehouse. Why doesn’t the museum of the city of New York at least rummage through it to see if there is anything like The gates to a demolished 5th ave mansion or something its so stupid. I think this should be a major issue and put it on the News this evening,, send of a reporter asap.

  • melanie miksad

    get in touch with American Pickers. They would have a field day with all this stuff and they love everything American……

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