This early 1900s example of Art Deco industrial architecture is the Commodore Manufacturing Corporation, Criterion Bell & Specialty at 140 43rd Street on 2nd Avenue in Sunset Park. Commodore distributes Christmas ornaments, and there are a bunch of other small manufacturers in the building. This building is part of the Sunset Park waterfront district, which was a major maritime port from the turn of the century until the 1960s.
Property Shark says this beauty was built in 1917. It has many similarities in style to the nearby Brooklyn Army Terminal, which was built the next year, in 1918. I learned from the Municipal Art Society that a number of Art Deco commercial buildings were built in downtown Brooklyn during the Depression, including the Woolworth Building on Fulton Mall, and what was at the time the Brooklyn office for the New York Times. I didn't realize that Art Deco got started that early, but I'm no architecture expert so what do I know. Check out the gorgeous details on the stone facade! I really like how the metal bannister echoes the carved stone walls.
If you were to walk straight uphill from here, you'd hit Sunset Park, the neighborhood namesake and the highest point in Brooklyn. The park is a great place to watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July.