Heights History: 70 Clark Street At Henry, 1948

The six-story apartment building at 70 Clark Street and Henry is photographed here September 15, 1948. Note the three towering TV antennas along the roofline. The street-level retail gave us Parker Drugs, offering a lunch counter and soda fountain; with “Soda and Lunch,” “Cosmetics and Cigars” advertised along the front signage. (See details below.)

Today, 70 Clark, across the street from the St. George Hotel, is the location of Clark’s Restaurant and Ozu Japanese, while the residential coop has changed precious little over the past 50+ years. According to a recent Prudential Douglas Elliman listing, many of the building’s units feature 9-foot ceilings, along with a common garden between its twin structures.

(Historic Photo: Wurtz Brothers, Museum of the City of New York/Current: Chuck Taylor)

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  • Karl Junkersfeld

    This was also the corner that the Sands Street Methodist Church stood. This was a very powerful church during its time and was originally on Sands and Washington in the early 1800’s before moving to Clark and Henry. Next time you eat breakfast at the Clark Street Diner there is an excellent picture of the church on the wall. The Brooklyn Public Library also has a picture in its digital library.

    I did a film that included some of the old churches in the area and included this church at the 5:53 point in the film.


  • http://bob@bobrowen.com Bob R.

    Nice article Karl. Any higher rez pix you could post? – then we could pinch open for detail.

  • Karl Junkersfeld


    Not my article. It was written by Mr. Taylor. I just commented cuz I love the history of the Heights, America’s first suburb. Chuck, keep up the good work.

  • Hangin’OnClark

    Hey, that’s my building!!

  • Andrew Porter

    The original louvre windows—horizontal bands of glass which opened in narrow bands, but were impossible to use with screens or, later, air conditioners—were replaced about 25 years ago with the current ones.