One of my favourite urban history blogs is Keith York City which uses resources available online to re-tell the history of New York City. One of my absolutely favourite features of his website are the Block by Block histories of sections of New York streets which he called “Building Blocks”. So I’m stealing this concept, to his credit, and using it for The Old North End.
The first block in this series is the first block of Gottingen Street (running between Cogswell Street and Falkland Street) – which I refer to today as the Gate to the North End, and in particular the Western side of the street. Until the 1930/40s the Eastern side of the street was home to the large Military Hospital complex but which has been replaced by a Staples, the Propeller Brewery building (formerly the Carpenters Union building), a gas station and the Marquee Club building, all mid-20th century buildings. The Western side of the street contained mostly residences of local trades men and women but also was home to a few commercial ventures and the city’s only African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Using historical records available online we can learn a lot about this section of Gottingen Street