Commonplace looking building in Red Hook, right?
But look closely at the decorative brickwork near the top.
A lovely cream-brick swastika! Now, I didn't jump to any conclusions here. Given the historic nature of the neighborhood, and the look of the building, I felt pretty sure this edifice, 73 Coffey Street, was built well before the rise of Nazi Germany. Also, the swastika was a common design throughout the world before Germany got ahold of it and stigmatized it forever.
But a Department of Building Certicate of Occupancy from 1928 referred to 73 Coffey as a "new building." It was built in 1926, in fact. And the Nazi Party had already begun to win seats in the Reichstag by 1924. Could it be that Hitler found a fan in Red Hook in the the late 1920s? I've never seen anything like the design on other buildings, though Forgotten New York tells us "swastikas can be found all over town in pre-1930s buildings."