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The closed FDNY Engine 212 Firehouse

Published on: August 12th, 2007 | Last updated: April 21, 2015 Written by:

C’mon… you know we had to. 4 years ago, this firehouse (as well as a few others) was shut down by a city government bent on saving as much cash as it could. I knew immediately that I’d have to find my way into at least one of them, permission be damned.

The firehouse

Front door

Engine name still in place

FDNY Engine 212 was called ‘The People’s Firehouse”. In the 1970s, the city tried to close it. Protesters prevented the city from removing the truck. All was well for many years until Businessman-turned-mayor Bloomberg bought himself the job of NYC Mayor. (there were protests in 2003, they just didn’t succeed nor were they as robust as in the past).


Ground Floor

Ground Floor

Poster some kids made after a class trip

Fuck Bloomberg


The fire fighters that worked out of this house were all reassigned. Their truck was sent to cover Governors Island – a small island in the NYC harbor that has zero population.

Reinforced floor to hold the truck up

Reinforced floor to hold the truck up

Crew quarters

9/11 CD


What would be still more insulting would be if the city had sold the house to developers. This has not happened yet. The prevailing expectation is that it will be sold to or rented to a non-profit group that will find some sort of community use for the building. This process, of choosing a group and ironing out the details is expected to take some time though.

Bastards stole the poles!

Tin ceiling, no pole

Pole Hole

And during that time, the building sits empty. And not just empty, but facing some wear and tear from the elements and time. Hopefully it won’t fall into complete disrepair.

Photo found on site

Photo found on site

Update: April, 2015. The building was saved and given to local non-profit groups for community use. Fund raising to preserve and convert the structure began in 2009. Currently over $1.6M have been raised, though it doesn’t seem work has begun. It is at least encouraging to know that something great may yet come of this space. Check out ‘Northside Town Hall’ for updates.

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    Bad Guy Joe knows more about the NYC underground than anyone else on or below the surface of this planet. He has spent nearly 30 years sneaking into NYC's more forbidden locations. When not underground, he's probably bitching about politicians or building something digital. 
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