Beautiful and Historical Mechanics & Traders Bank Has Hit the Market

The Mechanics and Traders Bank Building

As far as stunning neighborhood icons with a deep hometown pedigree go, the Mechanics and Traders Bank of Greenpoint, at 144 Franklin Street, is hard to beat, and the entire 3-story 5,760 sqft gem could be yours for $6.5 Million! 

The 1895 Renaissance Revival brownstone and terra-cotta stunner has links to both Greenpoint’s industrial and Polish heritage. The bank was established by Archibald Meserole, who served as its first president. His bank thrived as a depository for Greenpoint’s local industrial tycoons. The building remained deeply linked to neighborhood goings-on when it served as headquarters for the Polish-language newspaper Nowy Dziennik in the early 1980s.

Since 1984, the building has housed a mixture of residential and commercial space. According to 6sqft, the 5,760-square-foot building is currently zoned up to six office spaces on the ground floor and regular basement use, with residential use on second and third floors.

Featuring stunning arched windows as well as 18-foot high ceilings and a “sleep loft” on the third floor, this spot could have you seeing Greenpoint in a whole new way!

About Lucie Levine

Lucie Levine is the founder of Archive on Parade, a local tour and event company that aims to take New York’s fascinating history out of the archives and into the streets. She’s a Native New Yorker, licensed New York City tour guide, and freelance writer with a passion for the city’s social, political and cultural history.


  1. paul says:

    Many people may not know that in the 1960s-1970s (and maybe before) this bldg. was abandoned.

  2. Conrad Fortesque says:

    Uh, wasn’t this place on the market forever & just recently sold?? So are the “new owners” just upping the price and looking for a quick flip??? Well, good luck to them….it’ll sit unsold for another 5 years!! And Lucie?? Way to include all the facts in this obviously well researched article!!


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *