The most charming part? Probably the three quiet, pretty streets named after colorful fruits: Cranberry, Orange, and Pineapple.
The botanical names are a little odd for Brooklyn—and they can be attributed to Lady Middagh, a local resident during the turn of the last century who was a descendant of one of the first families to settle and farm here.
“Prior to her nomenclatures the streets were named for the aristocratic families of the neighborhood,” explains this NYC Parks website. “She found this pretentious and so removed the street signs and put up those of her own fruity design.”
“Eventually, the city made her choices official, but ironically, named a street after her own family, which remains today.”
In 1997, the city completed Fruit Street Sitting Area, a small park linking Columbia Heights to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
There’s also a less interesting explanation for the names, reports this 1993 New York Times piece:
“One tale is that the Hicks brothers, who originally owned the land, sold exotic fruits in the area, and named the streets to honor this occupation.”
Tags: best street in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights fruit streets, Brooklyn Heights streets, Columbia Heights Brooklyn, Cranberry Street Brooklyn, Fruit Street Sitting Area, Middagh farm Brooklyn, Orange Street Brooklyn, Pineapple Street Brooklyn, prettiest streets in Brooklyn