The Most Beautiful Buildings in New York That No Longer Exist

Ebbets Field by Clarence Randall Van Buskirk – Brooklyn

Image credit: Ballpark Prints; Bob Henriques via Artspace

When Walter O’Malley, then owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, decided to move the team to sunnier shores, a federal judge said that the removal of the franchise was “one of the most notorious abandonments in the history of sports.” Based in Brooklyn’s Flatbush community, the talented team outgrew their cozy stadium, and instead of keeping them near to their dear devoted Brooklyn fans — Atlantic Yards was presented as an option, but the New York Building Commissioner wanted a new stadium to be built in Queens instead, and a stubborn O’Malley refused — they ended up in Los Angeles.

The historic field was demolished in 1960 and replaced with apartment buildings.