I spoke with a gentleman that seemed to be working at the thrift store that now occupies this space, that more recently, according to him, was a nightclub, a boxing studio and originally, a stables and iron foundry – which makes sense from the graphics. Smart for a stables to make their own horseshoes!
Driggs Street is now Driggs Avenue and C.A. Friberg is no more. The address of 2608 Driggs would have put this business on the corner of North 14th Street, within what is now McCarren Park.
- Newspapers 6/New York NY Tribune/New York NY Tribune 1901 Dec Grayscale/New York NY Tribune 1901 Dec Grayscale – 0294.pdf – Fulton History.com
Castings, Iron Work for Buildings, etc.
corner North Thirteenth and Driggs Streets, Brooklyn, E. D.-
Cast iron is rapidly taking the place of granite or marble in the construction of buildings. It possesses unrivaled advantages of strength and durability. Unlike wrought iron and steel, it is not subject to oxidation or decay by exposure to the atmosphere, and whatever tendency it may have in that direction can easily be prevented by a proper coating of paint. Of those engaged in the city of Brooklyn in the manufacture of iron work of every description for buildings is Mr. C. A. Friberg, whose works are eligibly located at the corner of North Thirteenth and Driggs streets.
This business was established by the present proprietor four years ago, since which date he has built up a liberal and influential patronage from builders and contractors, and has furnished the iron work for a number of prominent builders in Brooklyn, New York, and the adjacent cities. His yard and works cover seven lots, and contain a total area of seventeen thousand five hundred square feet. The mechanical equipment of the foundry, etc., embraces a superior steam engine, and all the latest improved machinery and appliances known to the trade, and the policy of Mr. Friberg has ever been to adopt every improvement or invention that gives promise of perfecting the product, Mr. Friberg is fully prepared with all necessary facilities to turn out castings of every description to order, which are unsurpassed anywhere in the country for smoothness, softness, and quality of iron. He likewise makes all kinds of architectural iron work, such as iron fronts for buildings, columns, girders, lintels, stairs, railings, crestings, and ornamental castings of every description.
Fifty experienced workmen are employed, and the work produced is finished in that superior manner for which Mr. Friberg’s establishment has always been noted.
Mr. Friberg was born in Sweden, has been engaged in the iron trade for the last twenty-one years, and justly merits the signal success achieved in this important
With Special Thanks to: Cathy Harrison Speciale
Transcribed exclusively for the Brooklyn Genealogical Information Pages: Nancy E. Lutz
- C. A. FRIBERG, ironworks, corner North 14th. – Brooklyn Genealogy
Kevin Walsh has a great link and anecdote at Forgotten NY.