The Horrors of Hallet’s Cove
On the Queens waterfront, at the junction of Broadway and Vernon Boulevard, can be found the Socrates Sculpture Garden, a very modern warehouse store, and dozens of derelicted industrial mills which define Hallet’s Cove and hint at its hidden past.
quote from myastoria.com:
“In 1839, Steven Halsey, a fur merchant, founded a village at Hallets Cove and started the 92nd Street Ferry service to Manhattan. Hallets Cove became a recreational destination and resort for Manhattan’s elite”
and from wikipedia:
This area (between the nineteenth century’s American Civil war and the second thirty years war -called World Wars 1 and 2), along with the nearby Newtown Creek, was the busiest industrial manufacturing zone to be found in the entire world.
Today, its an abandoned patch of corrupted ruins whose ancient poisons and toxic filth leech through glass strewn mud into the East River.
I rarely cross a fence line, but this structure seemed to be calling out to me.
Once, this structure had been a metal finishing plant of some kind, but today it serves as a garbage dump for surviving area businesses.
The building is marked as condemned by the inspectors of the New York City Fire Department with a squared X, and apparently for good reason.
Spoke to a Fireman in a bar one night about what the squared x means. Won’t be crossing that mark again.
It disappeared in the spring of 2009, this place on Hallet’s Cove.
What remains is a brick lot with a fence around it.