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Only the Dogs Know Red Hook

A dangling bit of coastline at the bottom of Brooklyn.

This is , a monthly column by Adrian Shirk on the history of buildings in New York.

At the far south edge of Brooklyn, there was once this weird bit of industrial architecture: the Revere Sugar Refinery. Built in 1910, it had been grafted onto every decade as manufacturing modernized. The refinery was, thus, a sort of palimpsest, surrounded by concrete tunnels, steel tracks, rickety transoms, brick storehouses, equipment from a variety of decades, and at its center a giant metal dome rising up like a pyramid, victorious, above the Erie Canal Basin.


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