Thanks Chief, that's a great story of a different time.
The movie "Fort Apache the Bronx" was based on that 41st precinct.
I remember reading somewhere that during the FDNY War Years, the 41st precinct was the ONLY building on the entire block that was NOT burned out.
I also remember the City of New York offering vacant rubble strewn lots for sale there for only $1,000, with FEW Takers and Little interest from buyers.
But today, here is an example of how things have changed since those very bad years. No more vacant, rubble strewn lots for sale. But I did find this offer in a real estate ad, and others like it, offering property at that nearby Simpson St police station. https://www.redfin.com/NY/Unkown/1099-Simpson-St-10459/home/44746036