Photo: John Bartlestone, NYC

The Todd Shipyard Graving Dock, Red Hook, Brooklyn

Located at the Erie Basin in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, this New York shipyard was used to repair of large shipping vessels for more than 140 years – until February 2005. The dock’s surrounding buildings also date back to the 19th and early 20th century.

Recently, demolition of the shipyards began to make room for a 35,000 square foot IKEA furniture store and its adjacent parking lot. However, the project has been stalled after asbestos was discovered in the buildings. Some preservationists now feel they have gained a window of opportunity to save the shipyard, which is listed as one of seven historic sites to save in 2005 by the Preservation League of New York State.

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