Continuing our tour of Staten Island garages... When I drove by this beheamouth on narrow little Swan Street in Tompkinsville, I didn't know what is or was. A faded sign beside one bay door reads "Department of Sanitation/Encumbrance Depot/No Trespassing." There were some lights on inside but no sign of activity.
A little digging in the Advancearchives reveals that it was created in the early 1900s by the Bureau of Street Cleaning (forerunner to the DOS) as Stable A to house the bureau's workhorses. The DOS currently uses the building to store some equipment, including front-end loaders. How much more fun would it be if it could be reclaimed (or retrofitted) as a stable? We could close Van Duzer Street to traffic on weekends for horse rides and parades.