Gravesend, Brooklyn (Then and Now)

By Joseph Ditta

Completely settled in 1645, the farming city of Gravesend, manhattan, was once annexed to town (now borough) of Brooklyn, long island, in 1894. Few reminders from Gravesend’s rural days live to tell the tale round the city panorama it has turn into. Even its more moderen earlier is readily disappearing.

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Through 1704, the British have been utilizing this highway to hold the royal mail. Kings road, proven right here in 1922 with the Dutch-style Stillwell apartment at No. 359, nonetheless follows the winding path of the previous footpath. In 1902, realtors wooden, Harmon and corporate deployed crews to “uproot the beets and turnips and demolish the antiquated farm constructions” at the lately obtained estate they named Marlboro. The tract used to be bounded by means of 60th road, Bay freeway, road P, and McDonald street. road grading the preliminary transformation, and houses, like this one for attorney Charles F. Catlin at 1572 West 3rd road, have been prepared for occupancy via 1904. (Courtesy of the New-York ancient Society. ) builders wooden, Harmon and corporate anticipated in 1903 that Marlboro may quickly “present an impressive park-like visual appeal . . . cross-marked into squares through the typical, well-kept streets and dotted the following and there through good-looking homes. ” one of the first erected was once the $11,150 domestic at 273 street P. Dow C. Smith, superintendent of the Brooklyn speedy Transit corporation, obtained it in 1905, however the apartment stood simply 30 years longer till demolished for the present condo development. (Courtesy of the New-York ancient Society. ) John Stillwell Bennett (1856–1938) realized to force a motor vehicle past due in existence, dealing with it like a horse through yelling “Whoa there! ” He farmed forty acres north of his apartment at 289 Kings street, yet bought the valuables to builders round 1922. The Sommer street Theatre opened at the website in 1925 and closed approximately 60 years later; it used to be demolished in 2008. An condominium apartment round the nook at 1702 West 6th Street—the Bennett Arms—recalls the previous landowner. In 1879, the hot York and Sea seashore Railroad, precursor of today’s N teach, opened from Bay Ridge to the ocean seashore Palace, its hotel-terminus on Surf road, Coney Island. the road was once electrified in 1898 and set in its current four-track reduce among 1913 and 1915. In 1914, the homes at 1754–1800 West 7th road, visible right here abutting the right-of-way north of Highlawn road, have been propped up whereas staff carved out the Manhattan-bound platform of the Kings road Station. genuine property developer Otto Singer (1866–1928) equipped numerous rows of speculative version houses in Gravesend prior to global warfare I. In 1909, he marketed those at the 1700 block of West 8th highway, south of Kings street. They featured seven rooms with hardwood trim plus tub and laundry for $4,750 ($300 down, $16 in line with month). Porches were enclosed and a few ornamental gables got rid of or lined through siding, yet Singer’s homes stay basically intact a century once they went up. The fanciful roofline ornamentation on Otto Singer’s version houses provides rhythmic curiosity to what are essentially 17-foot-wide, nondescript brick homes. the 2 rows proven right here lining West 9th road among Kings road and Highlawn road are just like these a block over on West 8th. In all, there are 131 Singer houses on either streets. They bought speedy whilst new a result of proximity of the ocean seashore Subway Line (today’s N train).

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