Friday, September 7, 2012

A History of Brooklyn In 20 Objects ("Objects" Being Very Loosely Defined)

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Sunrise, Sunset on Brooklyns industrial history
  • Sunrise, Sunset on Brooklyn's industrial history

8) Ken-Tile Floor Sign

A beloved part of the skyline for those of us who take the F as it rises for two stops above the Gowanus Canal, as if on the knobby spine of a brontosaurus, the Ken-Tile Floor sign is a reminder of both Brooklyn's industrial past and of the economic ruin that those industries eventually dealt with. The Ken-TIle company once employed hundreds of people in Brooklyn, reaching the peak of its success in the 1960s. Unfortunately, its best-selling product was a floor tile made of asbestos. So—long story short—the company went bankrupt in the early 1990s. But we've still got the sign! So there's that.

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Kristin Iversen

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Kristin Iversen is the Managing Editor at Brooklyn Magazine and the L Magazine. She has been described as "a hipster buzzword made flesh." This seems pretty accurate.

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