New York Fire Patrol House Number 7

Posted on: December 15th, 2009 at 6:12 am by

Yesterday, we delved a bit into the history of the New York Fire Patrol, founded in 1839.  While the department itself lasted until October 15, 2006, not all the houses did, including Patrol House number 7 in the Lower East Side.

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Number 7 was located at 133 Norfolk Street, a former four-story tenement which was converted by the Board of Fire Underwriters in a crowded turn-of-the-century immigrant neighborhood.  At the time, nearly 1,000 people lived on that block alone!  However, the crash of 1929 spelled the beginning of the end for this particular branch, and it eventually shuttered in 1933.

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These days, 133 Norfolk Street is home to MassMarket, a visual effects boutique for branded media.

[Vintage Photo via The New York Fire Patrol; purchase book here]

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