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Hello to one and ALL, as a somewhat ‘newbie’ to these boards (haven’t posted in quite a while now), I’ve been absolutely amazed and pleasantly surprised by what I’ve been reading here. As a now 20 year resident of Bushwick it seems the more I find out about the ‘former’ Bushwick, the more there is to learn.
What I’d really LOVE to see posted here though are ‘photos’ from the past (‘30’s-'70’s if possible), which would give me a somewhat better idea of what it was like back then. My 17 year old nephew who has Aspergers Syndrome also has a fascination with 'things from the past’ (usually to do with trains though) as well, and is very interested in ‘old Bushvick’.
Would anyone here happen to know the name of the building that is almost at the end of the block on ‘Vanderveer Street’ (it looks like some kind of factory or warehouse from many years ago, wouldn’t mind renovating it if I had the money, and maybe even renting it out), at Bushwick Avenue? I’d heard something about a ‘sugar factory’ but wasn’t certain if it’s the same building. Also, I attend Pilgrm the Reformed Church (133-44 Broadway), which used to be a theatre a while back, but wondered why the city did not want to try and preserve the “carriage house”, which is located around the corner on Gates Avenue? I LOVE old buildings like the ones mentioned and if I had the funds, would fix them up, keep a portion of their former beauty and if possible, rent the building out to those who felt the same way (then again, I’d like to bring back the ‘trolley’ system in some form as well).
So, would anyone here know anything about the two buildings mentioned (if you Google 69 Vanderveer Street, where the dead end is, you will see the building I’m talking about), and how I can get further info on them? Thanks for your help, your memories are great. It’s kind of sad that so many had to flee this area, and that not even their children want anything to do with it now. It’s changed alot and I’d LOVE to see the black, latino, white, etc. in this section ALL come together to make it even better. Take care everyone.
Yes, our church is really called, ‘Pilgrim Church’. When the building was originally bought, it was only going to be used for conventions, meetings, and special occasions. We still use it for those things except now, it’s mainly used as our “Father” church. The other churches that you saw listed are our affiliated churches (Pilgrim Church of New Lots Avenue and Rockaway Avenue). The building that you saw on Broadway, the one with the Renaissance Convention Center wording, is our “Father” church building (1338-44 Building). You’d be surprised at just how much the progress has been made on the inside. The renovations are fantastic. If you wish to ‘take a look’, please contact Pastor DeBora Crow at (718) 452-5180 Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., or feel free to pay us a visit at our 11:00 a.m. sunday services. Jeanne M.
Thank you so very much for your comments about the Loews Gates theatre in Bushwich, which is now The Pilgrim Church, my home church. Was very glad to finally see pictures of it (have heard many things good and bad, about it.), although it was mainly of the outside. Am now searching for pictures of the ‘old’ interior. The church was renovated by our Pastor Roy E. Brown, who also does interior designing.
For those of you who wish to see the interior of the ‘new’ building, as well as the exterior, please contact Pastor DeBora Crow at (718) 452-5180 Monday-Friday 9:00a.m.-5:00 p.m. Also, feel free to attend sunday services with us at 1338-44 Broadway, the location of the ‘old’ Loews Gates, at 11:00 a.m. We’ll be glad to see you. God be with you all. Jeanne M.