This is the parlor in Quarters D of Admiral’s Row, a series of Second Empire mansions located on the southwest corner of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Unfortunately, scenes like this were used to condemn the century-and-a-half-year-old mansions; they were supposedly evidence of the unsalvageability of the buildings. But on closer inspection - yes, the paint is peeling, the plaster is falling - but two separate architectural firms declared 9 of the 11 mansions to be sound, level, and plumb. Once again, the City of New York found an excuse to do away with historic structures in order to help out a developer. This should come as a surprise to exactly nobody.