Posts Tagged ‘suburban Brooklyn’

The oldest street sign in Brooklyn

June 6, 2011

Maybe it is—it’s hard to tell how long ago this rusted old sign at the corner of Marlborough and Albemarle Roads went up.

And since it’s located in Prospect Park South, a planned suburban community developed around 1900, it may not be an official city street sign but a decorative one meant to mark the beginning of the neighborhood.

Hidden among the thick leaves of a tree and behind contemporary street signs attached to a Bishop’s Crook lamppost, the Marlborough Road sign has probably seen many decades of Victorian Flatbush history.

Here’s another old-school Brooklyn Street sign still standing tall in Fort Greene as of 2009.

An early view of Victorian Flatbush

August 26, 2010

These gorgeous homes are just as lovely today as they were in 1901, the year stamped on the back of this postcard.

That’s right about when Flatbush was colonized into middle-class neighborhoods of single-family houses.

“No section of Brooklyn has witnessed a more attractive and satisfactory development than the Flatbush section,” reports a New York Times article from 1910, kind of an early “If You’re Thinking of Living in” piece.

“Enjoying good transit facilities, with pleasant surroundings and admirably situated lots, it is not surprising that thousands of residents who wish to be close to the centres of the city’s commercial industries and yet possess the advantages of pleasant suburban homes have chosen Flatbush as a home site.”

I wish I could make out the handwriting at the top left. It looks like “565 East 31st Street.” It must be the address of the sender rather than the cross street in the postcard, since East 31st Street doesn’t cross Ocean Avenue.