Brooklyn Eagle Building Prepares To Take Flight As Demo Begins

As the BHB has been regularly following, the former Brooklyn Eagle building at 30 Henry Street & Middagh—purchased for $3.5 million in November 2011 by DUMBO-based developer Fortis Manor—was approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in December for a five-story, six-unit condo building to take its place.

On May 17, the new owner filed a permit for building demolition, and they’re wasting no time getting down to business: The block is now surrounded by plywood fencing along the front and north side, as the Eagle prepares to take flight and, uh, tumble to the ground.

Plans for the replacement red brick structure include underground parking and a courtyard with waterfall. See rendering below.

The Brooklyn Eagle building was constructed in 1963 and although landmarked, the Preservation Commission was easily convinced that the historic value of the one-story structure was of little value. And so it goes…

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  • Bob R.

    Wasn’t it the Brooklyn Wire Brush Company before?

  • lois

    I was just going to say that. I don’t think of it as The Brooklyn Eagle Building (they were there only a few years). I think of it as the ACME BRUSH COMPANY building. I reserve the name Eagle for the Eagle Warehouse at 26 Old Fulton Street.

  • lois

    Whoops, I meant ACE WIRE BRUSH COMPANY.

  • lois

    Interesting article about 30 Henry including a picture of the original building that was there.

  • Hicks on Hicks

    Wile E Cayote knows it as the ACME Brush Company, not to be confused with ACME Explosives, ACME Roller Skate or ACME Bird Seed

  • maria

    @lois Wow thanks for adding that link, amazing pic of what it was back then!

  • 5thfloorwalkuper

    Isn’t this the location of the organization which took over the Brooklyn Eagle’s name, not the original Brooklyn Daily Eagle?

  • stuart

    The new building will be a big improvement.
    The acme explosive brush building was really an eyesore.

  • David on Middagh

    The people who designed the exterior in the illustration above have poor taste.

  • Andrew Porter

    The building itself was NOT landmarked—it was part of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District.