8. Bronx Borough Courthouse
The Old Bronx Borough Courthouse at 878 Brook Street in the South Bronx was built between 1905 and 1914 and is an official New York City landmark. It functioned as home to Supreme, Surrogate’s, and County Courts until the 1934 opening of the Bronx County Courthouse, built to accommodate the borough’s growing population. The Beaux-Arts structure, while covered in scaffolding on its exterior, has a grand interior with marble and iron detailing.
The four-story building was shuttered for 37 years before reopening its doors in 2015 for a series of public art programs put on by No Longer Empty entitled When You Cut Into the Present the Future Leaks Out. Three floors of the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse were filled with contemporary art. Twenty-six local artists came together to create works which drew from the history and structure of the borough.
The building will find a new life in 2018 as a charter school, as the entire property has been leased Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts for the next 20 years.