Fulton Ferry is not really even considered a neighborhood by most outsiders. It’s even smaller than Vinegar Hill and that’s small. Nevertheless while Vinegar Hill is a largely forgotten neighborhood, in terms of foot traffic and commerce, we know Fulton Ferry is anything but forgotten-both old and new Fulton Ferry.
For instance, recently a lot of crucial talk has pivoted around the Old Fulton buildings at 11-15, as well as not-so-serious talk that’s been dallied and bantered around by passersby. The Landmarks Preservation Committee, the Fulton Ferry Landing Association, the owners of the properties, and of course NY Department of Buildings, all of them have been fiercely debating the future of these historic buildings, which were built in the mid-1830s, even before the Brooklyn Bridge was built!
Fulton Ferry Landing Association suggests, perhaps rightly so, the owners are seeking to obtain a demolition order for the building by neglecting it to the elements-even leaving windows open and a plentifully leaking interior water pipe unrepaired.
The Preservation Committee wants to preserve the building, citing the row of Greek Revival brick buildings are clear reminders of early development in Brooklyn, and that they greatly contribute to the historic character of the Fulton Ferry Historic District.