Bayside Fuel Oil Depot Corporation (Astral Oil Works) Demolished Part 3

On a more lighter note, with a long road ahead before being incorporated into the existing Bushwick Inlet park, the site played a pretty epic part in the 2014 crime thriller, A Most Violent Yearfeaturing Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Jessica Chastain (It: Chapter Two)

Finally, we explore the remaining building whilst excluding the front garage in the front. The upper floors contained a healthy mix of small compartmental rooms and bathroom areas. Per usual, graffiti adorned all available walls found within.

Status: Demolished

Address: 1 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249


Brooklyn Relics

Bayside Fuel Oil Depot Corporation (Astral Oil Works) Demolished Part 2

Before the Bayside Company was fully known as the Bayside Fuel Oil Corporation. It was transferred by Standard Oil, its previous owner, in the 1940s. Its primary use before that time was mainly for storage and refinery purposes. Later on, it became a wholesale distributor of heating oil. Founded by Charles Pratt, it was one of about fifty refineries operating in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. During the 19th century, Williamsburg was the center of oil refining along the East River & Newton Creek. Fun facts, "some of the largest industrial firms in the nation were started in this area (inland & along Newtown Creek), including Pfizer Pharmaceutical Corporation (1849); Brooklyn Flint Glass (later Corning Glassware); and the Havemeyers and Elder Sugar Refinery in Williamsburg (later Amstar and then Domino), once the largest establishment in the world."

In the early 2000s, Bayside Oil was proposed to be demolished by a company called Clean Point Energy which proposed demolishin…

Bayside Fuel Oil Depot Corporation (Astral Oil Works) Demolished Part 1

The end of Bayside Fuel Depot has come to an end.

During the month of July - August 2019, the last vestiges of this waterfront property located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York came to end. All that is left is the concrete base that will be assessed and remediated for the toxic contaminants in the soil. It brings to an end a swirling debate among locals and preservationists who had competing ideas on how the park (Bushwick Inlet Park Extension) should be redeveloped once cleanup was finished. Locals wanted the tanks removed because it would spoil the views of Manhattan across the river. Preservationists wanted to incorporate the empty 50-foot tanks into the design of the new park which would respect the storied history and architecture of what was once an industrial oil transfer station. To learn more details of their proposal you can read them here.

It even seemed the city sided with locals on the removal of all the tanks contrary to an environmental consultant who established re…

Did Not Catch Me Mill

Oh boy! Do I have a story for you guys today.

A first for me and hopefully not one to repeat itself in the near future. One warm day I and J went to see this mill J had scouted awhile back and wanted to revisit. We approached the mill through the front and nonchalantly entered the building we came to shoot first before potentially moving onto the rest of the buildings. We both went our ways inside laboring away behind our cameras when about 20 minutes into taking pictures, J calls out to me that he sees a white truck in view from inside where he stood on the first floor. I immediately went up to join J while I continued shooting some more shots you will see below. We found ourselves in a corner of the mill when to my surprise I saw someone enter where we had just entered. We both ducked down behind the partitioned wall and panicked. The male voice was talking on the phone. Next, other voices soon joined the first male voice. Three other people had come in behind the first person. Two…


Not much I can say on this little gem nestled next to a bridge other than it is heavily polluted. A nice little fun exploration. The boiler and electrical rooms were neat little surprises. Sometimes you find various equipment from all over and even in some cases defunct factories or mills you have already explored products right up in your face. I nearly went in through an open window but decided against it since I saw an opening while walking up the bridge surveying the property for any viable entrances.

A full historical writeup when I reveal its true name.