Taking a joy ride along the river in Bay Ridge

The back of this 1906 postcard states that the view “looks north from 85th Street.” The riders in that vehicle must have endured some rough bumps along the road. 

I wish the postcard identified the structure with the lovely porch and turrets. In the distance you can see, faintly, the Statue of Liberty.

Bay Ridge got its name from the glacial ridge beneath it that provides high, sloping views of the water. Originally called Yellow Hook after its yellowish sand, this village in the town of Nieuw Utrecht was renamed following a yellow-fever epidemic that ravaged the area in the 1840s.

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6 Responses to “Taking a joy ride along the river in Bay Ridge”

  1. Quid plura? | "I must admit, altho' I don't like Sunday..." Says:

    […] friend at Ephemeral in New York shows you old-timey drinking fountains, Bay Ridge a century ago, and one massive christening […]

  2. Lidian Says:

    What a great photo! I was just writing about Bay Ridge recently and have always found it really fascinating (was trying to set some fiction in early Bay Ridge at one point)

  3. Nicole Says:

    That building was the Crescent Athletic Club Clubhouse, formerly the Van Brunt mansion. Fort Hamilton High School is now on the site.

  4. Once a grand estate, now a park in Brooklyn « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] stretch of windy, scenic Shore Road in Bay Ridge was a popular place for wealthy men to build their dream homes, and Bliss was no […]

  5. Ted General Says:

    Actually, the building in the photo is not the clubhouse, but the Crescent Athletic Club Boathouse.

  6. 81a-Scenes from Old Brooklyn:  Bay Ridge and the Shore Road, late 19th to early 20th Centuries – Through The Byzantine Gate Says:

    […] 1906 Postcard “ride along bay ridge looking north from 85th street”Ephemeral New York“Taking a joy ride along the river in Bay Ridge”September 14, 2008https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/2008/09/14/lets-go-joy-riding-in-bay-ridge/ […]

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