Heights History: 68 Hicks Street


The scaffolding has been up for a few weeks and renovation is in full swing at 68 Hicks.

Built in 1820, the structure was originally a grocery store and tavern. The building is known for its gambrel roof and colonnettes in its entryway.  In recent years its been home to the Washing Well Laundromat and other businesses.  A Google search uncovers that the radio show This American Life had an office there a few years back.

As for the current work, it appears that there’s a full reno – inside and out – happening.  This is fantastic news for the area.

Mega-kudos to new owner Demetris Giannoulias for bringing the corner back to life.

Here’s a photo from the Brooklyn Public Library of 68 Hicks in 1920:


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  • http://adsformyself.blogspot.com Tim N.

    Does anyone know what this will be? I kind of assumed it was going to be turned into a private residence, but some sort of shop could be cool.

  • ABC

    This American Life was there until not long ago.

    I thought the permit posted on building said it was being converted to a single unit residence.