Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Brooklyn's Trader Joe's To Keep Historical Touches, Including Haunted Bank Vaults

The new employees are working like little bees to get Brooklyn's new Trader Joe's ready for its Friday opening, says the Brooklyn Eagle.

Thanks goodness the store is keeping a lot of the historic touches from the building's old Independence Bank days: a plaque commemorating Washington’s victory and, in the interior, three antique chandeliers, some original marble paneling, and a gold-leaf plaque depicting “Prudence” and “Justice.”

Downstairs, two old vaults -- long rumored to be haunted -- have inexplicably been retained.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

great, great great! Just please fix the clock! Right twice aday just doesn't cut it!

Anonymous said...

It's not out of the goodness of their little trader hearts...this is a landmark building so they HAVE to keep historical details.

bj said...

Only on the outside. They could have put in a false ceiling and made two floors out of it.

Surabaya Stew said...

It's not surprising they left the vaults intact; the cost, damage, and time to remove them would be quite considerable. In fact, a number of businesses in former banking spaces have left their vaults untouched. Some places (Rothman's on Union Square comes to mind), even utilize their vaults as sales space!