Life on Ex-Lax / La Vida en Ex-Lax

ON ONE OF my walks around the neighborhood near my hotel in Brooklyn in September, I passed a building branded “EX LAX INC.” It turns out it’s the former Ex-Lax headquarters and factory that has since been converted to condos (my cousin Allen looked it up when I mentioned it the next day). I’ve since checked out the availability of units and learned that prices start around $1.2 million. Talk about a run for your money! I checked out the floor plans and, although some looked very charming, I couldn’t find an apartment with more than 1-1/2 bathrooms. In the Ex-Lax building!

The remainder of the photos today are of other scenes around Brooklyn when Ex-Lax was the last thing on anyone’s mind.


EN UNO DE mis paseos por el vecindario cerca de mi hotel en Brooklyn en septiembre, pasé por un edificio con la marca “EX LAX INC”. Resulta que es la antigua sede y fábrica de Ex-Lax que desde entonces se ha convertido en condominios (mi primo Allen lo miró cuando lo mencioné al día siguiente). Desde entonces, verifiqué la disponibilidad de unidades y aprendí que los precios comienzan alrededor de $1.2 millones. ¡Hable sobre un plazo para su dinero! Revisé los planos de planta y, aunque algunos parecían muy encantadores, no pude encontrar un apartamento con más de 1-1/2 baños. En el edificio Ex-Lax!

El resto de las fotos de hoy son de otras escenas alrededor de Brooklyn cuando Ex-Lax fue lo último en lo que nadie pensó.

How would you like to tell people you live in “The Ex-Lax”?
¿Cómo le gustaría decirle a la gente que vive en “El Ex-Lax”?
Tres dormitorios y solamente 1-1/2 baños. “PR” significa Powder Room que es un lavadero y aseo. “Master Bath” es el baño principal.
In a shop window on Smith Street. With the amount of crap coming out of his mouth, he should change his name to Ex-Lax.
En un escaparate de la calle Smith. Con la cantidad de mierda que sale de su boca, debería cambiar su nombre a Ex-Lax.
The day the Kid Brother and I went to Nathan’s for our annual hot dog fix, a TV station was interviewing this year’s winners of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. No records were beaten.
El día que El Hermanito y yo fuimos a Nathan’s para nuestra dosis anual de hot dogs, una estación de televisión estaba entrevistando a los ganadores de este año del concurso de comida de hot dogs de Nathan’s. No se batieron registros.
Champions, left to right: 31 (in 2017), 34 and 41 hot dogs consumed. My personal best is 7.
Campeones, de izquierda a derecha: 31 (en 2017), 34 y 41 hot dogs consumidos. Mi mejor marca personal es 7.
She has won four years in a row.
Ella ha ganada cuatro años seguidos.
And speaking of blow-outs, Paul’s daughter on the Coney Island Boardwalk was blown off the roof during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Y hablando de reventones, Paul’s Daughter (La Hija de Pablo) en el Boardwalk (paseo marítimo) de Coney Island se voló del techo durante el huracán Sandy en 2012.
A bunch of crap awaiting pick-up (often for days) on NYC streets. Charming.
Un montón de caca en espera de recogida (a menudo durante días) en las calles de Nueva York. Encantador.
One last photobomb with The Kid Brother at Mia’s Bakery.
Una última fotobomba con El Hermanito en Mia’s Bakery (Panadería de Mia).

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

23 thoughts on “Life on Ex-Lax / La Vida en Ex-Lax”

  1. For 1.2 million, I’d expect at least 2 bathrooms, I can’t imagine telling people I lived in that building.

    1. David:
      I thought it might be a novelty or at least a conversation starter to say you lived on/in/at Ex-Lax. But I wouldn’t want to. And I really was surprised that luxury apartments for sale would be so oddly designed with only 1 or 1-1/2 baths.

  2. In 1935, Thomas Wolfe wrote a short story titled “Only The Dead Know Brooklyn”, but I think even the dead back then would be surprised by $1.2 million dollars condos in an old Ex-Lax factory!

    1. Kirk:
      And that’s for one of the cheaper ones. The book would now be called “Only The Dead With A Lot Of Money Know Brooklyn.”

  3. Oh, forget a run for your money! It sounds like a shitty place to live.

    “Make red hats wearable again” — hahahahahaha, love it!

    1. Debra:
      OK, we’ll just flush this idea. And, yes, I loved that red hat… and the small-hand soap!

  4. I think they’re unclear on the concept of “master bath.” I don’t think they can call it the master bath if it’s the only bath in the unit. All I see is one bathroom and one wc (powder room). So there’s no “master bath” in that unit. And there don’t seem to be any closets in the master bedroom. All that, and less, for $1.2 million!

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I agree completely. And, I think that specific unit was a lot more than $1.2 million.

  5. Your blog and Duolingo are my sources for learning Spanish. I can not tell if I am happy or disappointed to learn the Spanish word for Ex-lax is Ex-lax. One less word to learn but I hoped for something more descriptive and/or elegant.

    1. Urspo:
      Laxante is Spanish for laxative; but I don’t know if it sounds any more elegative. But there’s always the brand “Fuca” for regularity.

      1. Urspo,
        Autocorrect always changes Urspo to Unspoken, except in text like here. Then you become Úrsula or Ursino!

  6. The X Lax building and hot dog people should have gotten together 🙂 I don’t think I would want to buy in a building with such a shitty history

    1. Tammy:
      I figure if you eat 41 hot dogs, you probably won’t have any need for Ex-Lax. And, yeah, I agree about the Ex-Lax Building. I thought at first it would be fun for conversation but after a while Ex-Lax would get tiresome… especially at $1 or 2 million!

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