Charles Marville, Arts et Métiers (Ancien Modèle), 1864
"Along with the wholesale redrawing of the map of Paris, Baron Haussmann transformed the urban experience by commissioning and installing tens of thousands of pieces of street furniture-kiosks, Morris columns, pissoirs, garden gates, and, above all, street lamps. By the time Haussmann stepped down as Napoleon III’s master urban planner in 1870, twenty thousand gas lamps had transformed Paris from a place where residents dared go out at night only if accompanied by armed men carrying lanterns into the City of Light. In this photograph from Marville’s final suite of pictures, the flux of humanity flows past in a blur as Gabriel Davioud’s street lights line the Boulevard de Sebastopol like proud sentinels of the modern city."
All that is left of the glass skylight ceiling is the frame, but what remains is an open air courtyard. You can see the crane that was used to unload supplies, which used to move back and forth along the length of the building. is still there.
A portion of the tracks remain as well, although now cut off from the outside. A train is seen in the last photograph but is not original to the time when the depot was in use by the military. It’s actually an old Long Island Railroad dining car that was brought into the atrium during the renovation of the building. The original intention was for it to be turned into a restaurant for the new businesses that were moving into the building but the vendor pulled out before it opened and AFTER the tracks had been cut off from the outside, so the car still remains. There is still hope that the train may be converted to a restaurant in the future by it’s current food vendor, “Pete’s Place”, which is now located in the lobby.
There are over 70 tenants that currently call Brooklyn Army Terminal their home, such as: