January 19, 2016

Return to the S.W. Bowne Grain Storehouse – Jan 17, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — wally426 @ 1:35 am

It’d been awhile since I ventured into the 130 year old structure on the shores of the fetid Gowanus. Inside, it was obvious that the hole in the roof had gotten much bigger. Water leaked through the structure, rotting the ancient beams from the top down. Where before there were bare brick walls, new pieces had gone up with tremendous color. It’s sad to see the old beast being reclaimed by the elements, but perhaps an investor will come along and save the place from being consumed by neglect.




Survival of the Fittest


Beam Me Up


 3rd Floor 

These large wooden sleds were used to move grain between floors




Rotting floors from above  




View from the gabled roof, the only one known to still exist in NYC






Exit Strategy




  1. A bit frightening, from a mother’s point of view! Your birthday venue?????

    Comment by Mom — January 20, 2016 @ 3:05 am

  2. Went up in flames tonight 6/14-15/2018. R.I.P. S.W. Bowne Grain Storehouse, 1886-2018

    Comment by Amy D — June 15, 2018 @ 4:47 am

  3. I guess it was only a matter of time before the owners needed to collect on the insurance. What a shame to lose a relic like this.

    Comment by wally426 — June 15, 2018 @ 9:32 am

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