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From the Book " Getting About Brooklyn"

Albee Square. 
It was on this site that
vaudeville impresario Edward
Franklin Albee built one of his extravagant 
theaters (now deiTioil'shed).

Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn is the anglicized form of Breuckelen, 
one of the six original towns of Kings County.
Breuckelen appears to have been named for a town in the 
providence of Utrecht, Holland, although some say the 
name is a corruption of "broken land" or "brook land".

Bainbridge Street 
William Bainbridge was the 
Commodore of the U.S.S. Constitution in the War
of 1812

Bridge Street. 
At one time it was
thought that a bridge might be constructed from the 
foot of this street across to Manhattan.

Canarsie Road
This was the "road to Canarsie," an early settlement in the 
town of Flatlands, and named after Canarsie Indians who lived 
in the region.

Church Avenue
The main road to Flatbush Reformed Church at the center of 
the original Dutch town.

Coney Island Avenue
For many years, this was the main road
-a plank road-to Coney Island. "Coney" is an anglicized 
version of the Dutch word meaning "rabbit," although 
there are numerous other theories as to the origin of the name.

Cooper Street
Bushwick resident Hannah COOPER once owned the land through 
which this street was cut.

It ran just below the Ridgewood Reservoir and Nat'l Soldiers Cemetery,
from Jamaica Ave to Atlantic Ave and was between Hale and Shepherd.
 (Today's Highland Pl)

East New York Avenue
A very optimistic John R. PITKIN bought a large plot of 
land in 1835 as a speculative venture, and named it 
"East New York" under the belief that this would become 
the eastern edge of the great city. The scheme failed 
during the dpression of 1837, but the name stuck. Pitkin 
Avenue also runs through the community.

Force Tube Avenue
Marks the path of the force tube that once ran between a water 
pumping station on Atlantic Avenue at Conduit Blvd and the 
Ridgewood Reservoir on the heights behind HighLand Park.

Fort Greene Place
Revolutionary War General Nathaniel GREENE supervised the building 
of fortifications for this area.

Fresh Creek runs into Jamaica Bay. 
East 109th St is on the west side and Louisiana Ave is on the 
south side of it. It was in the New Lots Section of Brooklyn.

Fulton Street
One of the oldest strets in Brooklyn, it began as an 
Indian path, later becoming the main "road to the ferry," 
the "Road to Jamaica." and after the inception of the 
Fulton Ferry service, "Fulton Street." The street has 
undergone still further change: in 1967 the western end 
was renamed "Cadman Plaza West" after S. Parkes CADMAN, 
a well known local minister in the early decades of the 
twentieth century; most recently the stretch nearest the 
East River has been renamed "Old Fulton Street."

Garden Place
Over 2 centuries ago, this was the site of the country home 
garden of Philip LIVINGSTON, one of New York's 4 signers 
of the Declaration of Independence.

Gates Avenue
Horaton GATES was an American general during the 
revolutionary War.

Hancock Street
American statesmen John HANCOCK was the first signer of the 
Declaration of Independence.

Java Street
Originally "J" Street., this Greenpoint street was renamed 
in honor of the exotic cargo that was often unloaded 
from the ships along the waterfront.

Jay Street
John JAY was the 1st chief justice of the United States 
Supreme Court.

Joralemon Street
Teunis JORALEMAN, a member of an old Dutch family, bought 
part of Philip LIVINGSTON'S estate.

Kosciusko Street
Thaddeus KOSCIUSKO was a polish patriot who served the 
American cause during the Revolutionary War.

Kossuth Place
Louis KOSSUTH was a nineteenth-century Hungarian statesman 
and patriot.

Lexington Avenue
This street commemorates the Revolutionary War's 
Battle of Lexington.

Liberty Avenue
Said that this thoroughfare was known as "the liberty road" because 
it was free to farmers travelling over it.

Love Lane
This narrow road may have recieved it's name from the many admirers of 
Miss Sarah DeBEVOISE, who lived here with her uncles Robert and John.

Marcy Avenue
Captain William Learned MARCY served in the War of 1812, and later 
became a U.S. senator, governor of New York State, scretary of War, 
and secretary of State.

Mermaid Avenue
Along with Neptune Ave., Mermaid Ave. is a reminder of the seaside 
romance of Coney Island.

Montague Street
English poet & letter write LadyMary WORTLEY MONTAGUE was a  cousin of the 
PIERREPONT family, through whose property this street was cut.

Myrtle Avenue
For the many myrtle bushes that were found in the area.

Pineapple Street
According to local legend, a Miss MIDDAGH disliked the naming 
of streets in Bklyn Heights after old Bklyn families. 
This prompted her, when out driving, to hook off the offending 
Street signs with her umbrella and to replace them with the 
names Pineapple, Orange and Cranberry. Exceptions, however, 
were to be made; Middagh street still exsists.

Railroad Ave
Ran from just south of Cypress Hills Cemetery by Jamaica Ave to
Spring Creek and Jamaica Bay. 
It was between Nichols & Hemlock. (Today's Autumn Ave)

Snyder Ave. It was named after an old Dutch Flatbush Snyder family in 1903.  
John J. Snyder, a descendant, wrote "Tales of Old Flatbush" in 1945.  
Genealogy of Flatbush can be found on C.D. that includes the text of this book.  

Sumner Avenue
Charles SUMNER was a senator from Massachusetts who was an 
advocate of the emancipation.

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