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FDNY and NYC Firehouses
« on: February 12, 2012, 01:34:38 PM »
Many NYC firehouses and berths served as quarters for FDNY, Brooklyn FD, Long Island City FD, fire patrols, police, airport, federal, military, commercial and volunteer departments and companies.  The original sheds which housed the first fire companies formed to protect NYC in the late 1700s and early 1800s are gone.  But many of the original firehouses built by the volunteer departments, FDNY, Brooklyn and LIC in the mid and late 1800s still exist - some operate as active firehouses, some serve community, business or housing purposes.  Current FDNY firehouses include historic and new state-of-the-art fire stations.  This thread hopes to capture the firehouses, their companies, their apparatus and their histories.
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FDNY and NYC Firehouses
« on: February 12, 2012, 01:34:38 PM »

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Re: FDNY Firehouses Gone
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2012, 01:40:17 PM »
Engine 10-Ladder 15 - former firehouse - 73 Water Street  (1931-1962)

Dedication 1931:





Engine 10


Ladder 15




Modernized quarters


Water St today




Engine 10/L 10 web page:
http://www.fdnytenhouse.com/

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Re: FDNY Firehouses Gone
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2012, 02:54:06 PM »
Directly behind 10 & 15's quarters is the 1st Precinct building which I believe still stands and is the NYPD museum. Did anyone notice the chain across the apparatus doors on the fire house? I wonder what that was for?

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Re: FDNY Firehouses Gone
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2012, 03:27:02 PM »
Chain was to keep out buffs.

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Re: FDNY Firehouses Gone
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2012, 03:36:28 PM »
Engine 86 (Marine)/Marine 2/Marine 3/Marine 1 -  Pier 53 - Ft of Bloomfield St Hudson River - Former quarters/berth
  (Engine 86 (Marine) 1933-1959/Marine 2 1959-1991/Marine 3 1961/Marine 1/1992-2008)   

1940s



Fireboat McKean



Today
http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/events/2011/101411a.shtml


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Re: FDNY Firehouses Gone
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2012, 08:22:38 PM »
Many FHs had the chain ...if you look at the sides of some doors you can see marks where it was fastened about waist high.........i had worked a few tours in Marine 2 when i was a LT......the whole bldg creaked & rocked....it was like a bldg on the water in the Orient. 

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Re: FDNY Firehouses Gone
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2012, 08:35:21 PM »
Engine 245, Engine 245-2, Engine 326, Ladder 161, Bn 43  2929 W 8th St  Coney Island - former firehouse - (E 245 1904-1968/E 245-2 1904-1939/Eng 326 1939-1952/Ladder 161 1927-1968/Bn 43 1906-1968) - original Brooklyn Fire Department firehouse

2929 West 8th Street former firehouse:













Current quarters (1971)


Engine 245:






Engine 245/Ladder 166 responding:


Engine 245/Ladder 166 building alarm:


Coney Island history:

1940s:

1952: 


Coney Island fire history:

Engine 245 history:  http://www.nyfd.com/history/engine_245_1.html

1911 Dreamland fire: 


http://www.westland.net/coneyisland/articles/dreamlandfire.htm

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/guest-restore-historic-roar-coney-island-recovered-1911-dreamland-fire-article-1.129112


1925: http://www.gendisasters.com/data1/ny/fires/coneyis-fire-apr1925.htm

1932:  178 residential buildings destroyed - started Boardwalk and W 22nd street

1944 Luna Park: destroyed Luna Park amusement area along boardwalk:


1947: 12 buildings destroyed on Surf Avenue


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Re: FDNY Firehouses Gone
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2012, 09:26:54 PM »
Engine 245 original firehouse - 2919 W 8th St  Coney Island  (1895-1904)  Brooklyn Fire Dept Engine 45  - former volunteer firehouse

Original volunteer quarters are left of former BFD firehouse built in 1904.

Atlantic Hose 1, and Atlantic Hook & Ladder 1 were established in 1886 in the two story firehouse at 2919 W. 8th Street.




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FDNY Firehouses
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2012, 08:31:17 PM »
Combintion Engine Company 52/Eng 52/Ladder 52 - original firehouse  4550 Riverdale Avenue   Riverdale, Bronx

     CEC 52 organized 4550 Riverdale Avenue in former volunteer firehouse  1884
     CEC 52 became Engine 52                                                                   1928
     Engine 52 new firehouse at 4550 Riverdale Avenue w/Ladder 52            1939

     Ladder 52 organized 4550 Riverdale Avenue                                         1928
     Ladder 52 new firehouse 4550 Riverdale Avenue w/Engine 52                1939

Note - original firehouse at 4550 Riverdale Avenue quarters of volunteer company Neptune Engine 3

4550 Riverdale Avenue:



Former firehouse and current firehouse built 1939:


Engine 52's 1929 FWD hose wagon/Ladder 52's 75 ft Walters aerial


Current quarters 4550 Riverdale Avenue:



 
Engine 52:




Ladder 52:




Engine 52/Ladder 52 responding:





Riverdale: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riverdale,_Bronx



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Re: FDNY Firehouses Gone
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2012, 08:49:34 PM »
Defender Hook & Ladder 7 firehouse 1721 Victory Blvd  Castleton Corners, Staten Island

     Defender H&L 7 organized at 1721 Victory Blvd           1899
     Defender H&L 7 disbanded                                         1932   

Notes:  - Victory Blvd originally called Richmond Turnpike.
           - Nearest engine or hose company was 2 1/2 miles away
           - H&L company also purchased hose cart
           - Operated as ladder and hose company using hydrant pressure until engine arrived
           - Disbanded when FDNY Engine 163 and Ladder 83 were organized in 1932 in Westerleigh

Members in front of firehouse 1721 Victory Blvd:


1721 Victory Blvd firehouse:


Firehouse in 1916:


Today - bank parking lot:


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Re: FDNY Firehouses Gone
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2012, 09:10:49 PM »
Engine 87 (Marine) firehouse - Park Avenue and East 135th Street  Harlem, Manhattan

     Engine 87 (M) organized foot of E 132 St and Harlem River     1908
     Engine 87 (M) moved to foot of E 135th St and Harlem River  1922
     Engine 87 (M) moved to foot of Grand St and East River         1952
     Engine 87 (M) disbanded                                                     1955

1935:


Fireboat James Duane Engine 87 (M) Fireboat Duane in service 1908-1959:






Engine 87 (M) Fireboat Duane crew:


Engine 87 (M) Fireboat Duane - retiring Captain Gorman ceremony:








Site today:



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Re: FDNY Firehouses Gone
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2012, 09:29:25 PM »
Unknown company firehouse - Park Avenue and East 135th Street - Library of Congress picture

1935:

  That was Engine 87 fireboat firehouse at 135th St. & Harlem River under N.Y. Central R.R. drawbridge before the East River Drive was constructed

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Re: FDNY Firehouses Gone
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2012, 09:40:00 PM »
Engine 57 (Marine) Castle Garden berth (Eng 57 1981-1895)

Castle Garden - originally a fort built during War of 1812 at tip of Manhattan to protect city; became immigation center for NYC from 1820-1892 (11 million immigrants entered city here); replaced by Ellis Island as NYC immigrantion center.  http://www.castlegarden.org/









Berth for The New Yorker: "THE NEW YORKER was constructed by Julius Jonson, New York, from plans by Charles H. Haswell. With a pumping capacity of 13,000 gpm, she was for many years the most powerful of fireboats. She was the first New York fireboat with a shore station and its house at the Battery became a land­mark as famous as the boat itself. When THE NEW YORKER was ready, Engine Co. 57 was organized and the boat placed in service on February 1, 1891. News articles of the day gave much space to descriptions of the boat and its architecturally distinctive sta­tion near Castle Garden. " - Marine 1 site
The New Yorker:


Today:


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Re: FDNY Firehouses Gone
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2012, 09:48:48 PM »
No deck guns, just large hoselines strapped down to keep from flying loose. ;)

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Re: FDNY Firehouses Gone
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2012, 10:09:01 PM »
Engine 156/Brush Fire Unit 3 - 412 Broadway  West Brighton, Staten Island

     Engine 206 organized 412 Broadway in former firehouse of Wyandotte H&L 1   1905
     Engine 206 moved to 1189 Castleton Avenue at Ladder 104   1907
     Engine 206 moved to 543 Cary Ave                                      1907
     Engine 206 moved to new firehouse 412 Broadway                1909
     Engine 206 became Engine 156                                            1913
     Engine 156 moved to 1189 Castleton Avenue at Ladder 79     2005
     Engine 156 returned to 412 Broadway                                   2006

     Brush Fire Unit 3 organized 412 Broadway at Engine 156        1997
     Brush Fire Unit 3 moved to 124 Liberty St at Engine 10           2001
     Brush Fire Unit 3 returned to 412 Broadway at Engine 156      2001
     Brush Fire Unit 3 moved to 1189 Castleton Ave at Ladder 79   2005
     Brush Fire Unit 3 returned to 412 Broadway at Engine 156      2006                         

     Wyandotte H&L 1 responded from 412 Broadway firehouse  1892-1905:
     
Volunteer company - Wyandotte H&L 1

543 Cary Ave temporary firehouse 1907-1909:

PJ Brown Carriage Company - used by E 206 (156) when original firehouse destroyed by fire

Engine 206 (156), the new FDNY company, was battling a 3-alarm fire when their firehouse burned.  Cause of firehouse fire was suspected to be either an overheated stove or disgruntled former volunteer firemen

412 Broadway firehouse current:





Engine 156:






Brush Unit 3:


West Brighton, SI neighborhood:  originally called "Factoryville" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_New_Brighton,_Staten_Island



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