My father was assigned to L-112 in 1959 and left in 1978 when he got promoted. He grew up on Bushwick and Furman. He often told the story of a particular Deputy Chief that basically said that 112 would go to Ralph Ave over his dead body. Backing up Chief K’s explanation. Chief K is also correct about the lack of community input as they burned 112’s quarters soon after (if not that night) they moved in with 277
When we moved up to Rockaway Ave. & Chauncey St. we made a big impact on 111 and 112 response area. We now had more Bed Stuy and closer to Bushwick. Broadway was still undeveloped as a result of the 77 blackout and at night was a breeze responding on it. I've been there recently and responding must be a nightmare with speed bumps and more traffic lights and not to mention traffic that was almost non existent back in the 70's & 80's. I can say one night I was detailed to 107 on NJ ave. and we relocated to 112 when they were on Madison St., and that was more than 50 years ago. When we were in the Tin House we relocated a lot to 112 on Knickerbocker Ave. and sometimes miss a job in Brownsville.
112 FH on Madison street along with all the other structures on that side of the street were demolished for a school and the same was supposed to happen with 277 on Knickerbocker Avenue and a FH/ Pct was to be built further up Knickerbocker but it never happened. Also 176 biggest impact was on 124 who used come down as far as Covert st on Wilson ave and Eldert st on Central ave
July 18 is the anniversary of the Tenth Alarm arson Fire (3 arrests made) which started in a vacant factory @ Knickerbocker Ave & Bleeker St. & communicated to 45 bldgs on several blocks on 7-18-77....the afternoon temp hit 104 degrees....local stores that were not looted a week before in the...