The ghostly flower shop sign in Carroll Gardens

How long ago did Vaccarino’s Flowers close up shop on Court and Sackett Streets in Carroll Gardens?

That’s the question I asked myself when I came across the former florist’s phantom faded sign—covered for many years until late 2018 by a Douglas Elliman real estate office, according to neighborhood blog Pardon Me for Asking.

Turns out Vaccarino’s was in the flower business since at least 1938, though in another location on nearby Hicks Street.

That’s according to this Christmas season ad from a newspaper called The Brooklyn Citizen. (Phone number: TR for Triangle!)

I’m not sure when the shop moved to Court Street, but it operated at this site by 1971, in a working class Carroll Gardens dominated by Italian immigrant families and the businesses they ran—a handful of which still thrive today.

[Second image: The Brooklyn Citizen, December 1938]

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One Response to “The ghostly flower shop sign in Carroll Gardens”

  1. Mykola (Mick) Dementiuk Says:

    Looks a little like Henry Miller’s first home in Williamsburg http://freewilliamsburg.com/you-could-live-in-henry-millers-williamsburg-home-this-summer

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