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The Brooklyn Flint Glass Works was operated by John Loftus Gilliland, who began business in lower Manhattan, where his offices were located at 83 Water Street and 30 South William Street, with a warehouse at 73 Broad Street. 

When Gilliland expanded his business, he moved it to the waterfront area of Greenpoint in Brooklyn. A number of addresses identified in Brooklyn directories were used by the firm for its office, store and factory. The main area of operation was bounded by State Street, Columbia Street, Hicks Street and what became Atlantic Avenue. (Then called Atlantic Street.) The addresses were: 

Hicks Street, at the corner of Atlantic Avenue, 1839-1854, factory works 
50 State Street, 1847-1855, office 
65 Atlantic Avenue, 1850 and 1856-1857 
46 State Street, 1864-1867 
Columbia Street, near Atlantic Avenue, 1867-1869, office 

The above information was supplied from articles found in The Rakow Library's vertical file for Glass Production in Brooklyn, New York, which contains images, chronologies, and other items that may be of interest. For your information, there may be more detailed histories in two additional sources: 

Main Author: Bedell, Lisa. 
Title: Brooklyn’s finest glass : the Brooklyn Flint Glass Works. 
[Written for a Survey of Glass class at the Cooper-Hewitt Master’s Program in the History of Decorative Arts] 
Call Number: TP853.N6 B41 

Main Author: Brown, Joshua, 1949- 
Title: Factories, foundries, and refineries : a history of five Brooklyn industries / by Joshua Brown & David Ment. 
Publisher: [Brooklyn] : Brooklyn Rediscovery: Brooklyn Educational & Cultural Alliance, c1980. 
Call Number: HC108.B8 B87 

The latter item is available in the Brooklyn Public Library system, which you should contact directly for access. 

 

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