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Star-topped building

In Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Will either be gone or converted to condos in two years. Top of building reminds me of Wonder Woman's headress/hairband thingee. Where is she when we need her?


Subsequently learned--

The first pencil factory in the USA (1861) was located in Manhattan—however a year later it moved to Greenpoint. The Eberhard Faber pencil factory located at 37 Greenpoint Ave capped with a giant yellow star-and-diamond symbol on the Greenpoint Ave. building with the 10-foot-tall No. 2  pencil opened in 1872. One of several buildings that Eberhard Faber owned on the waterfront until 1956, when its obsolete machinery forced the firm to move to Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The company was located  between Greenpoint Ave. and Kent Street from Franklin St. to West St. They also had buildings on West Street  to Java Street.  The company had been there since 1872.


Eberhard Faber was the great-grandson of Kasper Faber, who perfected the process of binding powdered graphite and encasing it in wood, establishing the first commercial pencil factory in Stein, Germany, around 1765.


He emigrated to America early in the following century, and the company evolved at several locations in lower Manhattan before establishing a site on the East River, close to the United Nations building. The company moved to Brooklyn in 1872, when fire destroyed that plant.

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Taken on May 4, 2005