WPIX Joe Mauceri discovers the MTV subway vent/brownstone at 58 Joralemon Street in a report filed this week. Brooklyn Heights residents/BHB readers are totally up to speed on this nabe “mystery” and this report does a nice job of explaining it all. Heck it’s almost like WPIX did this story, say, four years ago!
WPIX: But the true story of 58 Joralemon is found in the history books at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Elizabeth Call, head of reference and user services, searched the archives to help bring the building to life.
While it was once a home, no one has lived there for more than 100 years. In 1913 58 Joralemon was sold to Interborough Rapid Transit and turned into a ventilation system and exit for the Lexington Line that still travels several stories underground.
“It was very deliberate on the part of the IRT to keep the facade because at the time of purchase 58 Joralemon was considered [to be in a] a classy neighborhood,” said Call. “It’s an interesting … because in the 1950s you start seeing that perhaps [the neighborhood] is not as classy or is seen as classy as it once was.”