Sidewalk Clock

753 Manhattan Avenue
ca. 1860s

This is one of the city’s few cast-iron sidewalk clocks introduced in the 1860s that remain today. The clocks were installed by store owners not only as conveniences for shoppers, but as advertisements for their businesses. Manufactured by the Boston-based E. Howard Clock Company, this clock has a rectangular base, fluted column and double-sided face. No longer advertising a business, the clock features the word “GREENPOINT” in gold paint. Along with seven others across the city, the clock was designated an individual landmark in 1981.