Farewell to Kentile Floors

June 21, 2014  •  3 Comments

A couple of months ago, I finally 'got my shot' and managed to take a few photos of the iconic Kentile Floors sign in Brooklyn, NY. Little did I know that it would be coming down soon after. It's been a symbol of the Brooklyn skyline for the last 50 years. Technically the sign is located in Gowanus, but it can be seen from the F & G above ground train tracks, the BQE (expressway) and rooftops all around the area. Last week, while driving on the expressway I noticed scaffolding and netting on it and my first thought was that it was being repaired. The sad truth is that it's being taken apart because the owners of the building no longer want it on their premises. The K and E have already been taken down and the rest will follow shortly. A lights art show tribute was planned for last night, but they didn't even wait for that to take place. I'm bewildered that this landmark would be removed, but thankfully it's not being destroyed. It's being preserved by local art group The Gowanus Alliance and will be rebuilt/relocated. Perhaps we have not seen the last of this icon, although it will not be the same without the downtown Brooklyn skyline as its backdrop. As I say goodby to Spring and hello to Summer, I bid farewell to the Kentile Floors sign.

View of Brooklyn, featuring the Kentile Floors sign is available as fine art prints (single, framed, matted or canvas wraps), eco friendly cards and 8x12 posters.

A different image of the Kentile Floors sign is also available for download at Getty Images.


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Michele(non-registered)
It is sad, but I'm glad the Art Group saved it and you got the photo!
I'm sure it will be missed.
Angie S.(non-registered)
Good thing you caught this great shot of the sign before it was gone. Glad to hear that it's going to be preserved :)
Lornajane Thompson(non-registered)
It is a shame and so sad when we see pieces of our past and history of the cities we live in being torn down. Good thing you captured it's beauty before it got torn down.
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