Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory in a fireboat house near Brooklyn Bridge

 The location of the factory  in a landmark fireboat house on the Fulton Ferry Pier, features one of most sweeping views in America, the Brooklyn Bridge and  Manhattan skyline.  

  Before Brooklyn Bridge there was Fulton Ferry t he most important transportation hub in the city of Brooklyn. Daily steamboat travel to and from Manhattan in the early 19th-century helped make Brooklyn a major city. Brooklyn Bridge was built  in 1870. 

The ferry stopped running in 1924, and  two years later in 1926 the fire station was built on this place. 
Abram S Hewitt
By 1931, Fireboat Engine 77 moved in.  The fireboat "Abram S Hewitt" , named after Abram S. Hewitt,  the 87th Mayor of New York,  belonged to the  fire engine 77.  Fireboat was   built by the New York Ship Building Company at Camden, NJ. 

he was the first fireboat called to the burning of the sidewheel passenger ship "General Slocum", where over a thousand people lost their lives. The passengers onboard on "General Slocum",   came mostly from the German-American community of the Lower East Side. Most of the passengers were women and children. Only 321 passengers survived from a total of 1,358 passengers. The final death count totaled 1,021.

General Slocum

The next largest death toll in the United States would come decades later with 2,974 dead from 9/11.

Eventually the fireboat ended at the ship graveyard in Rossville,  Staten Island.  The tower of the firehouse was used to hang and dry fire hoses.  In 1959, the name of the station was changed to Marine 7, and they were in operation until the house was closed in 1970.
The building was landmarked when the Fulton Ferry Historic District was designated in 1977, and was renovated by the city.   

I found an interesting story about this ice-cream on a blog   
Mark Thompson purchased the building but did not open it to customers until 2001 since it took him four years to go through the permitting process to get a landmark for the business. “There were a lot of people who were upset that someone was going to open a business and make money on –God forbid –a city property,” he said.  Thompson’s grand opening was supposed to be on Sept. 12, 2001. “I gave away ice cream that Labor Day, we put a card outside, I said just give me two or three days to call it a grand opening on Sept. 12th   
After the September 11 tragedy, Thompson’s dream seemed to fizzle into thin air. That particular area had so many Red Cross workers and the office of Emergency Management –which was in the Trade Center–set up in a building there (this has now been knocked down). “It’s hard to explain…business wise, I was a nervous wreck,” says Thompson. “But when such a tragedy happens it puts everything into perspective. Here I am selling ice cream.”

When Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory could not make enough ice cream to meet the demand at its original location, the Greenpoint,  Brooklyn factory was opened in 2007.

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