BVSINESS DisTarcr. Near the lower end of Fulton Street the great level of low buildings, which are characteristic. of Brooklyn, is broken by a cluster of tall structures, marking one of the most compact shopping districts in the world, a district etmtaining both giant stores and small shops by the score. A short distance toward the East River are the huge steel and masonrrstruc tures used for banks, insurance companies, and mercantile othees, centring around Municipal Park, where are the municipal and county build ings, the Hall of Records, and the famous bronze statue of Henry Ward Beecher, by .1. Q. A. Ward. On .NIontague Street, which runs from Municipal Park to the are a number of noteworthy buildings. The Academy of .Musie, with a seat ing capacity of 2:300, is the largest place of amusement in the borough; the Art Association Building, which adjoins it, is a Gothic struc ture of brown sandstone ornamented with colored opposite is the building of the 13rooklyn Library. Among other buildings on the Heights may be mentioned the Hamilton Club, in front of which is a bronze statue of Alexander Hamilton, by W. O. Partridge; the handsome building of the Long Island Historical Society: the Church of the lfoly Trinity; the Church of the Pilgrims, and the famous Plymouth Church. On Washing ton Street. west of Fulton Street, is the post office, a granite building of large proportions in Romanesque style, with numerous turrets and a high tower, but disadvantageously situated on a narrow street. Adjacent is the tall office build ing the Brookly» Daily Engle. In this vicin
ity, also worthy of note, are the buildings of the Packer and institutes; somewhat more remote are the Central Y. C. A. and Y. W. C. A., each of which occupies commodious and finely equipped quarters—a feature con nected with the former being the well-known Association Hall, a popular concert and lecture auditorium. In various parts of the city are the buildings of Pratt, institute; the Germania and Union League clubs, the latter fronted by an equestrian statue of Gen. C. S. Grant, by W. Partridge; the Roman Catholic catia4lral. and numerous other ecclesiastical edifices; the new Naval Branch Y. .M. C. A. building; armories of the Thirteenth and Twenty-third regiments of the National Guard: and several of thecharitable On Wallabout Bay is the Navy Yard, which, built in IS2-1, is now' the principal naval station of the United States. It has a total area of nearly 178 acres, of which amount over IIS acres is water, and a wharfage of over a mile. There are foundries, machine-shops, etc., and two immense dry docks, 30; by OS feet, and -1(15 by 210 feet, the latter admitting the largest vessels. East of the yard are officers' quarters, barracks, and parade grounds, and still farther east. across Wallabout Bay—on the oppo site shore of which is Wallabout :Market, an im portant centre of the produce trade of the Ian a United States Naval Hospital.