All prices are up for negotiation at the New York Old Iron salvage yard located under the F/G train by the recently reopened Smith-9th stop in Brooklyn. Adjacent to Lowe’s, this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shop is filled with scrap metal, iron pieces, and architectural gems. There are a quite a few mannequins and sometimes old carnival games.
While wandering through a metal forest of iron fencing, piles of windows and stacks of doors, I spoke with Carlos, who works at the yard. “If you don’t like the price, we can fight it out,” he joked when I asked him if anything had a price tag. “It’s like a free market but the stuff is a little more expensive than free.”
Carlos said pieces for sale come from all five boroughs and include architectural artifacts from old brownstones and construction sites. If you need a piece of iron railing or fencing, this is the place. If you can’t find something, it’s worth asking — the workers know where to find everything.
Among the odds and ends are also records, household items, and furniture. This little spot of scavenging goodness will soon see sunshine again this season as more scaffolding is removed from the subway renovation that kept the salvage yard under cover and under the radar for so long.
Visit the Shop
New York Old Iron
Tuesday — Friday 8am to 3:30pm
Saturday 8am to 1pm
Adjacent to Lowe’s parking lot in Gowanus, Brooklyn.