Georgia Avenue

South of Atlantic

My mother grew up on Georgia Avenue; this page in particular is dedicated to her and many of these photos come from her personal photo album.

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Atlantic and Georgia, 1942,1943
This is a before and after of the removal of the LIRR elevated. The view is west down Atlantic from Georgia Ave. The building with the flag on the right hand side was the Post Office (Rod Maggio notes pre zip codes this was "Brooklyn 7"). In the picture on the right, you can see that those cars making a left hand turn had to negotiate with oncoming traffic blinded by the bridge.My uncle tells me that when the El first came down, accidents at that intersection were almost a daily event.
Georgia and Atlantic Avenues, ca. 1966
As proof, here's accident from 1966. On the left is the old 26th Ward Bank, then a Manufacturers Hanover branch. My aunt used to live in that building (her father was the caretaker) and in fact the room at the top with the oval windows was her bedroom. On the right the view is east and we can see why it was an accident magnet. There is no stop sign, drivers on Atlantic had the right-of-way but they could not see to their left nor could they be seen by anyone turning off or crossing Atlantic Avenue.
Georgia and Atlantic Avenues, ca. 1966
A view of the Pielís sign, as we can see looking south down Georgia Avenue. Sadly, the famous neon-lit sign of the gnomes bowling was long gone. I have a poor version on the Pielís page but my search continues for a good one. The view on the right in looking northeast back toward Atlantic Avenue.
26th Ward Bank, Georgia and Atlantic
This was one of the last reminders that this part of Brooklyn used to be known as the 26th Ward. The picture on the left is from the 1980s and and the one on the right is from 1990, taken by my Aunt who lived in this building years ago. The oval windows in the turret were her bedroom windows! We now have a page for the 26th Ward Bank.
Peggy Solazzo submits the oldest family pix yet to grace this site. On the left is a 1915 shot of Anthony Pasquerelli, her maternal grandfather, in his butcher shop at 2592 Atlantic. The shop sat on the southeast corner of Georgia and Atlantic; my relatives recall it as a deli in the 1930s. Behind the shop, facing Georgia Ave., was their home at 73 Georgia. Her maternal grandmother, Marie, is pictured in front of the house in 1911.
This shot taken by Sperr in 1930 is looking east along Atlantic Avenue from Georgia Avenue in 1930, and we can see "A. Pasqua.." in the awning on the right; this was Peggy's grandfather's shop.
Georgia facing Atlantic, 1926
Peggy Solazzo sends in these 1926 views, taken from in front of 73 Georgia facing north towards Atlantic. Thats her maternal grandmother and her mother in those shots. The first includes her uncle jim and the second her mother's sister Margaret.
73 Georgia
From 1918; neighborhood kids on the stoop at 73 Georgia in 1918. Peggy identifies her aunt Anne on the far left. On the right, her mother Lorraine Solazzo in the backyard of 73 Georgia in 1933.
94 Georgia Avenue
It's a little tricky researching my mother's home; the address changed while they were living there and the house is long gone. The first shot on the left is my aunt and uncle in front of the house circa 1951. The house was the original farmhouse for the farmland in that area. When her father bought it in the 1920s, it had no electricity. Gas lamps were still being used for lighting, and the stove was a wood burning stove. The picture on the right is ten years older, circa 1940. It is the rear of the house. My grandfather is standing off to the right and thats a neighbor Carl trying to smooch my aunt Helen. There was an empty lot next to the house visible on the left.
Georgia Avenue, 1934
This is an even older shot, from 1934, showing the empty lot next to the house. Those are my aunts and uncles; my mother is only an infant at this point and is not in the shot. You can see the backs of the houses lining Alabama Ave in the distance.
North up Georgia Avenue, 1948
The first is from Easter, 1948 showing my aunt with her pet dog, Queenie. The second is actually a film of Georgia Avenue between Liberty and Atlantic around 1950.
86 Georgia Avenue, 1940
In the background of that Easter shot above you can see a three story wood frame building; known as the "Big House" to my mother and aunt for obvious reasons, it was home to the Paris family who had 14 kids! When Helen (Paris) Moody wrote me and told me she lived at 86 Georgia and was one of 14, I knew my mother and aunt had to know her. The shot on the right is looking down in the yard of 86 Georgia from the rear of the house in the 1930s.
Neighborhood Kids, Georgia Avenue, 1940s
When I asked my mother about Helen, she pointed out the photo on the left to remind me she had a picture of her! Helen is in the front on the right. Her sister Mildred, nicknamed Honey, is standing behind her. In the middle in the front is sister Patty. The view is east from the lot between 86 and 94 Georgia. Helen also mentioned the Hennigan kids- and wouldn't you know my Mom had a picture of them as well on the right-they are, left to right Marie Paris, Marion Hennigan,Bobby Hennigan (partially blocked) Mildred Paris with Charlie Paris in the front. Thanks to Charlie's wife Helen and my aunt "Rusty" for the info!
East Side Georgia Avenue, circa 1950
Helen Moody wrote me and told me of fond memories of an attractive red headed woman who lived on the corner- that was my Aunt "Rusty", pictured on the right with my mom in 1949. Combined with the shot on the left of my mother, these two give views across the street from 94 Georgia Ave.
Georgia Avenue, 1950, 1961
In the 1950 shot on the left, over my uncle's shoulder, is a garage that was used by Trommer's Brewery. I found it odd since Trommers was over on Bushwick Ave. and Piels was so close by. Still checking on that. On the right, a similar angle in 1961. There is a Piels sign on the garage but Piels had already bought Trommers by then.
Georgia Ave. towards Liberty
Very similar shots of the view south towards Liberty; on the left is my mother in 1942 and the famous Piels sign and brewery is visible in the distance. On the right is my aunt in 1948 holding my cousin.
Piels Brewery
If you lived in the area, the Piels Brewery made an unmistakable impression. There is a page devoted to the brewery here. On the left is a daytime shot of the famous sign. At night it became an animated neon sign of gnomes bowling. You can see the neon tubing of the pins in the "ER" letters of the sign. On the right is a view north from Glenmore showing how the plant covered the entire block south of Liberty. Thanks to TJ Wiegand for the 1947 shot of the sign.
Georgia and Glenmore Avenues, 1965 and 2015
The view is north up Georgia Avenue from Glenmore, and on the right the huge brick structure is the Piels brewery, which would be torn down in the mid 1970s. That ugly industrial structure on the left was built around 1962; we have a view of what that block looked like in the 1940s below.
Georgia and Glenmore Avenues, 1965 and 2015
The camera is now turned eastward, looking along Glenmore Avenue from Georgia Avenue. The Orthodox Church is in the distance in both views. The 3-story victorian one block down probably dates to the 1890s and with it gone today we can see Maxwell High School in the distance of the 2015 shot.
Richie Rittmeyer supplied this wartime view of Glenmore Avenue looking west from Georgia Avenue. Richie notes; "The corner store was Bailin's Butter and Eggs and as you look a little further west you can see Bill's Candy Store". Those nice looking brownstones on the right were cleared out in 1962 for a large industrial building.
Georgia Avenue, looking north from Belmont Avenue
From the blizzard of February 1967; Belmont Metals, still in business, is on the right.
Also from the blizzard series, Sandy Solano ID'd this one; it is Georgia Avenue, between Belmont and Sutter. We are looking at the west side.