Shunsuke Takino Photography
Assimilation

The Twilight of Bush Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn 2007-Present

This series speaks to the decline and eventual fall of Bush Terminal in Sunset Park. With the introduction of gentrification into its surrounding neighborhood, a new era of revitalization is slowly occurring.

Those old buildings glorify the incredible maritime machine that was Bush Terminal, which employed over 25,000 workers and hundreds of businesses in the early 20th century. The area however has been forgotten and abandoned for decades. Exploring this relic of what was once an industrial jewel of Brooklyn, the feelings of emptiness and loneliness are in stark contrast to what it once was.

Sunset Park is still breathing quietly. If you listen closely, you can hear the heartbeat of the old Bush Terminal, faint, but still beating, hoping for the possibility of its next heyday.

These images are a testament to my assimilation; making Brooklyn my home, and paying tribute to and celebrating its rich history.

Assimilation

Assimilation

Overview of the Bush Terminal Piers

Overview of the Bush Terminal Piers

At a glance, it is quite hard to recognize the Bush Terminal (built between 1892-1925) that once occupied over 200 acres of land, holding approximately 20 miles (32km) of train yard on a 3,100 foot (944m) wide waterfront with 8 piers.

Abandoned Eight-Story Bush Terminal Building

Abandoned Eight-Story Bush Terminal Building

Forgotten

Forgotten

The silence never tells the glorious tale of the terminal.

Active New York New Jersey Rail, LLC on 1st Avenue, June 2011

Active New York New Jersey Rail, LLC on 1st Avenue, June 2011

I try to imagine Bush Terminal operating over 50,000 railroad freight cars and 10% of all steamships arriving at New York only 100 years ago.

Union Pacific diesel locomotive, November 2007

Union Pacific diesel locomotive, November 2007

 

 

Retired Caboose

Retired Caboose

One of the oldest warehouses in Bush Terminal

One of the oldest warehouses in Bush Terminal

Former Brooklyn Heights Railroad Company Powerhouse

Former Brooklyn Heights Railroad Company Powerhouse

Abandoned powerhouse right off Bush Terminal complex. This is a prototype of large powerhouses which were built early 20th century.

Whale Square

Whale Square

The headquarters of the Whale Oil Petroleum Company built around 1948.

Brooklyn Army Terminal

Brooklyn Army Terminal

A son of Bush Terminal - another large complex built after Bush Terminal in 1919.

"Sunset Park? There is nothing, bro."

"Sunset Park? There is nothing, bro."

I'll miss this moment soon.

Waiting for next big wave

Waiting for next big wave

Bush Terminal Cafe Building

Bush Terminal Cafe Building

Nostalgy

Nostalgy

Wild Geese

Wild Geese

Bush Terminal Company building

Bush Terminal Company building

The statue of Irving T. Bush, the founder of Bush Terminal, stands in front of the building.

As of February 2017, Mayer De Blasio announced that City will invest $136 million dollars to create 1,500 permanent jobs and 800 construction jobs in Bush Terminal.

Two warehouses between 41st and 43rd street, right here, will be transformed into TV and film production studios and garment manufacturing facilities by 2020. In the meantime, the current tenants, mostly small manufacturers and artists have to vacant and relocate their facilities by the end of the summer 2017.

Abandoned Bush Terminal Pier 6

Abandoned Bush Terminal Pier 6

Decayed like an ancient bronze sword.

The overview of former U.S. Navy Fleet Supply Base and South Brooklyn Railway 39th Street Yard

The overview of former U.S. Navy Fleet Supply Base and South Brooklyn Railway 39th Street Yard

Termination

Termination

Sunset over the Bush Terminal Pier 5

Sunset over the Bush Terminal Pier 5

Afterglow

Afterglow

Frankel's - "We're still here" since 1890

Frankel's - "We're still here" since 1890

The Borderline

The Borderline

Infamous Gowanus Express Way that was built in 1941 segregates Bush Terminal area from the rest of Sunset Park neighborhood.

The overview of Sunset Park historical industrial area

The overview of Sunset Park historical industrial area