|Future home of the BQE|
|That crosstown traffic is murder|
At right is a shot (1879) of a later Pierrepont house in the neighborhood. According to the Brooklyn Historical Society blog, it was taken by John Jay Pierrepont, son of Henry Evelyn. It shows the stairway he and his brother used to go to work at the offices of the Pierrepont Stores, the family's shipping and storage business. No doubt he enjoyed a spectacular view as he took in the morning air. I'm guessing his workers' view, not to mention air, was not quite so sweet.
According to Brownstoner.com, the house was demolished in 1946 as part of the Moses design, not for cars, but for children. In a compromise to preserve the rest of the houses on the block, it was razed to create a playground as part of the esplanade.