Brooklyn's Jewish Businessmen: Pre: 1925 Ageloff-Alpert


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Outwardly calm, but inwardly seething with ideas which he puts to test as soon as they shape themselves into concrete projects, Samuel Ageloff, one of the noted builders of Brooklyn, has a record in quantity and variety of construction to justify fully the belief that his visions are entirely those of a very practical and expert builder.

Urged on by a wide business experience, which he crowded into his years in early manhood, Ageloff, who at 23 had already tried out more things than some try in a lifetime, resolved that in real estate, too, he would diversify his efforts, rather than confine them to one particular type of building or construction. And again his record of achievement fully warrants the line of reasoning he pursued. Richly successful, vigorous and enthused, he attained a splendid standing when still a young man.

Ageloff was born in 1884, in Russia. There he received his public education. He arrived in the U.S.A. when he was sixteen, and at once plunged into the business of making a living for himself. Between 1900 and 1907 he had tried more businesses than space permits mentioning. Suffice to say that he, too, was a newspaper dealer. In 1907 he came to Brooklyn and entered the real estate field, in which he has remained ever since.

Until 1917 he was chiefly interested in remodeling family dwellings, but since then he engaged in almost every type of building activity. He is a pioneer in the construction of public garages, in the erection in Coney Island f 5-room homes (which were disposed of at the $500 down plan), and in the long leases of halls (leases for ninety-nine years). Altogether he had built fifty-nine public garages, none less than 10,000 sq. feet, and the largest the New Buckingham, Fourth Avenue and First Street, with an area of 44,000 sq. feet.

He built forty-eight dwellings in Coney island, sixty-five3 homes, one and two-family, in Bensonhurst; and stores on Flatbush Avenue near Church Avenue, and also Flatbush Avenue near Church Avenue, and also Flatbush Avenue extension near DeKalb Avenue. Among his apartment house projects are "Dora Court," Newkirk Avenue and East 23rd Street, which cost $350,000 and a $175,000 apartment house in Williamsburg. He recently completed negotiations for a $275,000 lease for ninety-nine years of the office building adjoining the Bank of Manhattan, in Jamaica, and is now building an office building opposite the Academy of Music.

Ageloff is a member of the Federation of Jewish Charities; Chamber of Commerce, Temple Beth Emeth and Temple Shaari Torah: Bikur Cholim Hospital, Hebrew Home for the Aged; Hebrew Orphan Asylum, the Courtelyou Club, the Real Estate Club, Mason No. 30, and Fresh Meadow Country Club.

His diversions consist in golf, the theatre, music and reading. He is married, has 6 children and lives at 1811 Albemarle Rd.


Max Alpert, who is president of the Alpert Woodworking Corporation, 410 Seedier Avenue, which deals in sashes and doors, and who has been interested in Brooklyn real estate since his first building operation in 1905 in Herkimer Street, possesses the indomitable spirit and boundless energy of a dyed-in-the-wool businessman.

For his has not been by any means a smooth, upward career, leading to security and prosperity, but rather an eventful and turbulent life in the course of which he faced two severe setbacks in the panic of 1907 and in the depression of 1917. It is in these times that he displayed the heroic quality for "facing the music" and doing the best under the circumstances, which presently led him again to the top, where, unquestionably, he will now remain.

Max Albert was born in Russia, in 1872. He came to the United States as a youth of nineteen, after a stop-over in Germany where he worked as a carpenter. In this country, too, he was an employee for several years, before he definitely resolved to branch out for himself. Alpert's latest operations were conducted in Blake and Saratoga Avenues. However, he is probably much more known as a "trimmings man" than a realtor, for it is in that capacity that he has come in contact with the majority of the leading builders in Brooklyn.

Alpert is vice-president of Temple Israel, Jamaica; director of the Municipal Bank; director of the Brownsville East New York Hospital; treasurer of the Association of Tree Manufacturers, member of the Chamber of Commerce.

His relaxations consist in walking and motoring. He married at the age of twenty-two, is father of three sons and a daughter, and lives at 85 Union Avenue, Jamaica, L.I.


Website: The History
Article Name: Brooklyn's Jewish Businessmen: Pre: 1925 Ageloff-Alpert
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina


BIBLIOGRAPHY: Building up Greater Brooklyn: with sketches of men instrumental in Brooklyn's amazing development, Brooklyn, N.Y. by Leon Wexelstein; Brooklyn Biographical Society 1925.
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