Before the Stranglehold of Gas Stations at Lafayette and East Houston, Circa 1933 [PHOTOS]

Posted on: March 30th, 2016 at 9:23 am by

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East Houston St. in 1933, Photo: Municipal Archives

One of the longest continuously operated gas stations south of 14th Street closes for good on April 14. As previously reported, the BP station on Lafayette Street will soon give way to seven stories of luxury office space. It had been some sort of petrol outpost since the 1930s. And with different operators, from Gulf to Gaseteria.

The Porcelli family, landowner forty years running and founder of the Gaseteria chain of gas stations, is the developer of record. Plans for the forthcoming seven-story, 80,000 square-foot commercial building at 300 Lafayette first emerged in 2013 from designer COOKFOX. The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the design shortly thereafter, but the project remained in limbo until now.

This story truly resonated with locals, and now reader Mike Moskowitz has unearthed this photo from the Municipal Archives, dated December 1933. Remarkable how this stretch is, in many ways, unchanged since that time. Only then, it was a used car lot…

The “Gasoline Alley” leftover will disappear once this project, and the adjacent commercial building get going.

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Photo: Municipal Archives, Mike Moskowitz

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