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Then and Now Thursday: Sterling Palace Garage, 1961

After a passenger jet crashed into the corner of Seventh Avenue and Sterling Place in 1960, destroying the Pillar of Fire Church and badly damaging several buildings on the ground, a new funeral parlor was built to replace the McCaddin Funeral Home, which had to be demolished, on the northwest corner. In August we took a look at that corner, and the above photo continues the view to the west, to the site of the destroyed church. To the left is a parking garage. Note the great Deco sign for "Sterling Palace Garage." A typo?

Here's the same view today, looking west down Sterling Place between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. An apartment building stands today on the site of the Pillar of Fire Church and funeral parlor, and the garage has been converted into apartments. And as for that "Sterling Palace Garage" sign?

It still hangs, only now it's decoration on the wall of a small parking garage a few doors down.

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I was a kid when that plane crash happened... a kid living in Brooklyn! But, in those years living on the "other" side of the Park , it was possible to not even know where Park Slope was!! I didn't!! And I think seeing the news of the crash and the human interest story about the child that did survive for a day and then passed connected my mind for the very first time with where Park Slope was. So now I have been living in PS for 30 years....all future is unknown.

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterportie

The unfortunate event happened when a United Airlines DC-8 and a Trans World Airlines Constellation collided in midflight, killing 134 people. Anyway, even though the garage was converted to apartments, it's glad to know that the art deco sign is still in use. Do you have any information regarding both garage's car capacity?

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpencer

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