Williamsburg, Greenpoint

Astral Apartments

The Astral Apartments is a historic apartment building located at 184 Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, New York. The Astral was built in 1885–1886 as affordable housing for employees of Charles Pratt's Astral Oil Works. It is a massive brick and terra cotta building in the Queen Anne style. It features a central projecting section with a deep, three-story-high round arch recess. The roof features inward-looking decorative gargoyles. Original amenities of the building included a settlement house, library, and kindergarten. Originally, a branch of the Pratt Institute Free Library operated from the ground floor of the Astral. The building was designed to echo red-brick apartments built for workers by George Peabody in London. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and designated a City Landmark in 1983.

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