Friday, March 25, 2011
☞ REMEMBER: Bernheimer & Schwartz circa 1905
In the current image, note that the north side of the street has been reconstructed into part of a bus depot while the south side of the street has some of low buildings still in place (the one at the far left currently houses a modern lounge space inside). Manhattanville's old stables are quickly being demolished and this last remaining portion would definitely be an interesting adaptive reuse block for those with a creative mind. The low areas of the neighborhood always reminded us of far West Chelsea where galleries have taken over the garages and stables in that part of town.
So what ever happen to Mr. Bernheimer and Mr. Schwartz? Looking back at an old New York Times article from 1911, it appears that the beer barons made their exits in a dramatic fashion before the factory would shut down during the Prohibition years of the 1920's. The unmarried Simon Bernheimer was part of a wealthy brewing dynasty but six years after his Harlem factory opened, he died of a stroke at the age of 62 while taking the opportunity to play the bass drums at a social event. Bernheimer's partner Anton Scwhartz evidently committed suicide the year before after the untimely death of his 24-year-old-son. More details in the Times from 1911: LINK.