Sidewalk Clock, 753 Manhattan Avenue

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

753 Manhattan Avenue

CLIENT: Bomelstein’s Jewelers

ARCHITECT: George B. Post

DATE: c. 1870

STYLE: Cast-iron

Brooklyn Greenpoint Street Clock

One of the most important and essential parts of New York’s historical fabric is its “street furniture”–lamp posts, street clocks, sign posts, and benches that enhance and maintain the intimacy and scale of neighborhood blocks. Perhaps the most striking of these street amenities are the oversize cast-iron post or sidewalk clocks. Introduced in the 1860s, cast-iron street clocks were popular both as everyday conveniences and as novel advertising devices. Brooklyn’s only surviving sidewalk clock is the Bomelstein’s Jewelers clock at No. 735 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. It is a typical street clock example, with a rectangular, beveled base, fluted column and double sided face.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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