Thefiveeleven is a daily photo project devoted to Brooklyn Block 1783, lot 93. The address is 511 Lafayette Avenue.

Thefiveeleven as an abandoned nineteenth century mansion, 2014

Thefiveeleven as an abandoned nineteenth century mansion, 2014

Thefiveeleven as a lot under construction, 2017

Thefiveeleven as a lot under construction, 2017

This project began its life as a personal journal, and has become a neighborhood history project. I post daily photos of the lot here and have started researching the people who have owned it, and who sold/ mortgaged it as it fell into disrepair. 

The place in and of itself is a document of the various real estate ebbs and flows in North Brooklyn. It was initially built as middle class housing, then split into smaller and smaller apartments that were let out. It was owned by the same family from the mid-sixties until the mid-eighties when a violent murder occurred there.

After that it eventually was owned by a small time neighborhood landlord who took out a variety of loans against the property, as it fell into disrepair and ultimately abandonment. As the property in the neighborhood started gaining value again, unpaid city fines accumulated. It was ultimately foreclosed on in 2014, and then bought by an LLC (owned by the same people who foreclosed on the lot). They tore down the incredibly distinctive building over a course of 2 weeks at the beginning of 2016.

I had been and still am taking daily photos of my view of what is now an empty lot. For me it marks the passage of time in my own life as well as in the neighborhood.