If you were standing here in the 17th century, however, you’d be in an enclave Dutch settlers called Ponkiesberg.
Ponkiesberg? Also spelled with an h at the end, it actually translates into “cobble hill,” says The New York Times, which explains that the name stems from the steep cobblestone road once at this corner.
Articles from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives supply more info.
“[A] circular road led up to the strange looking elevation, which many persons thought was the work of clever colonists rather than nature.”
Ponkiesberg the hill gave patriots an edge in the Revolutionary War.
A plaque on the side of Trader Joe’s, which now occupies the corner, states that from the Ponkiesberg fortification built here, George Washington was able to observe the fighting at Gowanus during the Battle of Long Island in 1776.
Maybe we’ll see a real estate rebranding of the neighborhood?