Layers of History in Bedford Stuyvesant


How awesome was the City section story this weekend about the couple who bought an old woodframe house on Franklin Avenue in Bed Stuy a couple of years ago only to discover an old tunnel whose contents ended up being a layered time capsule of historic eras, from the crack vials of the 1980s to pantyhose from the 1970s to the old liquor bottle from when the tunnel was likely built. At the very bottom of the heap was an old cast-iron horse from the 1870s. On top of that, it turns out the mansard-roofed abode was notorious back in the day for being both a house of prostitution and the home of Hugo Tollner of the "Gage & Tollner" Tollners.
The House of Much History [NY Times]

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