In the early decades of the 20th century it was the home of Frederick Cook, a doctor who claimed to be the first explorer to make it to the North Pole.
Unfortunately his claim was pretty much disregarded; he eventually went to prison for stock fraud and died in 1940.
A spooky old house in Bushwick
But his home is still in Bushwick, between a Kentucky Fried Chicken and the elevated tracks of the M train. Reportedly Black Panthers stayed in the house in the 1970s. In 2008, graffiti mars the brick facade and the turreted roof gives it a haunted house vibe.