Commissioned to paint a mural in downtown Brooklyn's tallest new tower building, I proposed a drawing that would unearth the tower's immediate area and its forgotten history. Painted in oil enamel on a reclaimed brick wall spanning 33 ft, the final mural is an amalgam of a now-vanished downtown Brooklyn with a few of its buildings and transportation infrastructure, lost to time and the city's relentless pace of change.
Inspiration came from three primary scenes:
On the left side of the image, the view is loosely of Fulton Street, looking west toward Joralemon St ( from 1907). The Fulton St elevated dominates this side of the image. A streetcar ran underneath the elevated train tracks. It also shows the faint outline of the Kings County Courthouse (a beautiful, domed, neo-classical building which was subsequently demolished); adjacent to the neo-classical Hall of Records (also demolished).
In the center, a view of Flatbush Avenue, looking southeast towards Atlantic Avenue (from 1914). The elevated line above Flatbush Avenue turned onto Fifth and proceeded to Bay Ridge (demolished in 1940). A trolley is shown passing the Burton Hotel, which only served men.
On the right side of the image, a view looking east on Lafayette Avenue shows stairs from the sidewalk at Fulton St.(from 1923) to the elevated line (also demolished in 1940).