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    New York Daily News - http://www.nydailynews.com
    It's a landmark decision
    BY DONALD BERTRAND
    Thursday, June 29th, 2006



    A Long Island City firehouse used as a backdrop for the NBC-TV series "Third Watch" and the Astoria Pool are the latest Queens sites to be designated as city landmarks.
    Both received the designation in unanimous votes by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission.

    The Engine 258/Ladder 115 firehouse, located at 10-40 47th Ave., is a 4 1/2-story structure built in 1904 as part of a campaign to expand fire protection in Queens and improve working conditions for the borough's firefighters.

    "This proud building is undoubtedly one of the finest firehouses in New York City," Landmarks Commission Chairman Robert Tierney said after the June 20 vote.

    A rare Dutch Renaissance Revival-style work, the firehouse was designed by Bradford Lee Gilbert, who is best known for his 1888 Tower Building on Broadway in Manhattan. Just north of Bowling Green, the Tower was the first skyscraper to incorporate a steel frame.

    Of the 221 city firehouses, 16 are landmarks. The only other landmark firehouse in Queens is the structure is the Corona home of Engine 289 and Ladder 138. It was designated in 1999.

    Astoria Pool, in Astoria Park on the East River between 22nd Drive and Hoyt Ave., was built in the 1930s during the administration of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. Constructed at the height of the Great Depression with funds from the federal Works Progress Administration, at 54,450 square feet and with a capacity of 6,200 people, Astoria remains the city's largest public pool.

    The site is distinguished by westward vistas of Wards Island that are framed by the Hell Gate and Triborough bridges. Prior to the 1936 and 1964 Summer Olympics, the Astoria Pool hosted swimming, water polo and diving trials for the U.S. Olympic Team.

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    Does anyone know what the other landmark firehouses in NYC are?

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    One is mentioned in the artilce 289/138

    Others that I'm preety sure are as well:

    Engine Co. 33 / Ladder Co. 9



    The old Engine Co. 31


    (Both 33/9 and 31 are National landmarks as well)

    Engine Co. 252 (now squad)


    Engine Co. 55

    Engine Co. 41 (now squad)

    Engine Co. 7 / Ladder Co. 1 / 1st Battalion

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    Man O Man. If those buildings could talk of the things they've seen over the past 80 or 100+ years!
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    I would also think Eng. Co. 15 on Henry St is probably on that list. I visited there once back in the late 90's and the members then told me it was the oldest operating firehouse in the city.

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    So much tradition and history, agree Malahat... I woulkd love to hear these buildings talk of the day when we were "Firemen".

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    What about the museum on spring street...that has to be an older one too?

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    One of my creative outlets is building with lego bricks. One area I have focused on over the past few years is recreating NYC firehouses.

    Here is a link to some of them if anyone is interested:

    www.mocpages.com/moc.php/19069

    I might just give 258/115 a shot some time.
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    Wow, what incredible architecture.

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    That is some real art you have. Just out of curiosity how long did it take to make those. good job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcfd45
    That is some real art you have. Just out of curiosity how long did it take to make those. good job.
    Thanks very much. It is tough to say on the time frame of building them. Most of my building is done in my head when I travel to and from work on the subway. Figuring out which pieces will recreate which actual architectural element and such.

    When I get down to actual building, I'd estimate a few hours. I usually go as long as I can until I hit a spot I can't figure out and then stop for a while (sometimes a week or more) and try to figure out how to do it. Then I'll revisit it and try to finish. Most go thru at least two full builds before I consider them final. My first version of L8 came out way to big, for example.

    Thanks once again!

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    Engine Co 31

    A building with that much style... Priceless

    History and memories that deep.... Priceless

    2 cars parked in front of the damn doors.... Bloody hilarious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingKiwi
    Engine Co 31

    A building with that much style... Priceless

    History and memories that deep.... Priceless

    2 cars parked in front of the damn doors.... Bloody hilarious.

    (jokes people)
    lol.

    I believe E31 is no longer a functioning firehouse.

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    Dosen't 8 truck run out of the old Ghostbuster's house??

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    WOW ....that is some cool LEGO building ..............very neat info.
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