New York Fire Patrol House Number 2

Posted on: December 14th, 2009 at 6:37 am by

Patrol House 2

Last week, Fire Patrol House number 2 at 84 West Third had its doors open to the street.  The garage was completely empty, so we had an unobstructed view of the interior. A pair of fire poles and an ironwork spiral staircase in the rear.

Inside Patrol House 2

Built in 1906, this elegant structure was part of the under-the-radar, but extremely significant, New York Fire Patrol.  The organization itself was a “salvage corps,” founded in 1839 by the Board of Fire Underwriters with the express purpose of discovering fires and preventing damage to insured properties.  This entailed everything from hanging canvas tarps in broken windows to covering and removing electronic equipment, retail merchandise, and art.

New York Fire Patrol Plaque

According to Citynoise, the Patrol had, at its peak, seven companies and three salvage units.  But, in the late 20th century, the city began to scale back, leaving three main houses.  This one on West Third Street, house #1 in Midtown, and house #3 in Cobble Hill.  Despite appeals to the City Council, the Patrol was shut down for good at 0800 hours on October 15, 2006.  The “ratchets rang for the last time.”

New York Fire Patrol House #2

TUNE IN TOMORROW FOR MORE…

Recent Stories

express-tailor-orchard
Two Hell Square Tailors Fold

The war zone of endless construction and proliferating nightlife within Hell Square has taken its toll on two mom-and-pop businesses. Both being tailor shops. Express Tailor at 143 Orchard Street quietly shuttered within the last couple weeks. The shop was somewhat of a newcomer, having arrived here sometime in 2010. Almost its entire life was […]

municipal-lot-closure
Municipal Lot at Ludlow and Broome Closing for ‘Soil Samples’ Ahead of Essex Crossing Development

The Department of Transportation is closing the Broome Street Municipal parking lot on August 5, according to the litany of orange signs posted onsite. A representative from the city agency tells us that soil sampling must be conducted, as this parcel is presently earmarked for a shiny new Essex Crossing facility. The Davey Drill will […]

lavie-graffiti
6-Story Condo Building Planned for La Vie Site on East First Street

La Vie Lounge shuttered last June after a controversial run at 64 East First Street. The nightclub had a long list of quality-of-life violations which pitted neighbors against it. Those on the block probably rejoiced, not only at its closure, but also that its entire history would be demolished. Permits for that were filed back […]

centrefuge14-3
Centre-fuge Debuts Cycle 14 Artwork on East 1st Street

Participants in cycle 14 of the Centre-fuge public art project spent the last five days decorating the mid-block construction trailer. Its corrugated siding now carries the colorful aerosol artwork of Adam Kidder, Alexander Prosser, J. David McKenney, Jeromy Velasco, Master Moody Mutz, Nether, and Raquel Echanique. Our two favorites this time around are the “turtle terrarium” and […]

sinking-sidewalk-orchard-1
Sinking Sidewalk on Orchard Street a Continual Threat; This is How the City Reacts

How deep must this corner pit sink before the city starts paying attention? For months, the sidewalk at Orchard and Delancey has been gradually dipping below street level. Torrential downpours and excessive heat certainly exacerbate the situation. Our last depth measurement came in at five inches, and by all accounts, a liability waiting to collect. […]

  • Pingback: New York Fire Patrol House Number 7 - Bowery Boogie | A Lower East Side Chronicle

  • Anonymous

    The NY Board of Fire Underwriters is not through screwing us yet. As of December 31, 2009 all Retired Patrolman and Officers and their dependents will lose their Health and Life Insurance Benefits. This includes recent widows.

  • Allan F. Hyatt

    Let us not forget that a Fire Patrol member Keith Roma gave his lfe trying to save others during the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Since he was not FDNY his death was not counted in the terrible loss of 343 FDNY members. May he rest in peace.

  • Pete Grieco

    It has been reported that CNN’s Anderson Cooper bought the property and plans on living there. There are 2 bills, 1 in the assembly and 1 in the State Senate to bring the Fire Patrol back. The bills are A09046 and S6090. Good luck to the ex-patrol members and why doesn’t the new york board of fire underwriters put the plaque back on the outside of the building that honors Keith Roma?

  • http://EFTornadoSafeHome.com/ Jean SmilingCoyote

    The other day I ran across the story about the lawsuit against Anderson Cooper by an interior designer who obviously can’t tell the difference between a gut rehab and a plate of calamari. I’ve already e-mailed Cooper and Tamarkin Architects offering to do the interior design w/o injury. An opportunity like this can make fans of “This Old House” drool. I’m grateful to you for the interior photos; I’m in Chicago. But I’d insist on the utmost honor to the history of this building & its people. I have a dear acquaintance who’s a volunteer firefighter. I recently learned about Fire Patrols from a piece on WTTW here. More power to the New York residents trying to get proper honor to the Fire Patrol in various ways.