(Engine 216s old quarters still stands today.)
The old firehouse was mentioned in the best-selling novel, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", which was later made into a classic movie. Engine 16 was intergrated into the FDNY on Jan. 1, 1898. On October 1, 1899, Engine 16 was renumbered to Engine 116. Fourteen years later, on January 1,1913, Engine co. 116 was renumbered Engine Co. 216, as it is known today. During the 125 years only one member's life was lost, that of Capt. William Baldwin, the first member of the Brooklyn Fire Department to be killed in the line of duty. Capt. Baldwin was killed by the falling walls of the Otto Huber Brewery on Jan. 14, 1880. A striking monument stands over the grave where Captain Baldwin was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetary in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Captain Baldwin walked the floors of this building, think about that.
On or about the year 1856 the Evergreens Cememetery Corp. (718-455-5300)
1629 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207
voluntarliy presented to the Williamsburg Fire Department a plot of ground as a gift with a proviso that the fireman construct an enclosure and erect a monument therein.
There are at least 20 firemen buried there in a circle around the monument.
Has anyone been there lately?
The rig will fit in the roadway and the entrance is on Buchwick Avenue at Conway Street.
Subject: Engine 216 Date: Thu, 18 Sep 1997 14:29:13 -0400 From: Mighty-Joe@webtv.net (Mighty Joe) To: email@example.com
Just saw your pictures at the FDNY Home Page and thought I drop you a line. I lived on Scholes Street just down the block and accross the street from Engine 216 during the 1950's and early 1960's as a boy. One summer I spent almost every day at the firehouse talking with the firemen and admiring the apparatus. I learned a lot that summer about the engines and the various alarm bells, and I've never forgotten it. I can remember the smell of the house and the smell of the firemen and the engines when they came back from a fire. Sometimes I'd wait there anxiously awaiting their return or until my mother would come looking for me. Oh what great memories they are! I've loved fire apparatus ever since then, and I cherish those warm sunny days around the firehouse with some of the friendliest men I've ever met in my life. Well, I just had to share that with you. I see that you were also with Ladder 108. Was that the Ladder Company on Siegel Street? If so, what a thrill it was to see that Ladder Company in action. My dream as a child was to ride in the tillermans seat and steer that trailer around some tight Brooklyn corners! Take care, sir, and the best of everything in your retirement. And thank you for giving me such wonderful childhood memories! God Bless! Regards, Mighty Joe Renaissance Man Extraordinaire