Where once stood a row of level tenements now stands a really, really big Ismael Leyva building neighbored by a turreted remnant of past days. The pictured stretch is between Butler and Douglass streets on the Gowanus side of 4th Avenue. Commenter adrastros says that the photograph is from Berenice Abbot's "Changing New York," and that the buildings were rehabbed shortly after the picture was taken. They stood until the lot was cleared to make way for the Ismael Leyva structure. For a good look at the site's transformation since August 2007, check out Google Maps' time hop option for 150 4th Avenue.
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