Early Chronicles of West South Midwood In Photos: Then vs. Now (Part 10)
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|1910: Foster Avenue From NE Corner of Coney Island Ave, Looking Southeast Towards Westminster Road|
The corner house above (closest to the wagon) is the rear of 656 Westminster Road (aka 1128 Foster Ave):
|2016: Beige House in Center Survives; Rear Entrance Now Attached Garage|
|1961: Foster Between Rugby and Marlborough|
2016: Foster Between Rugby and Marlborough
|1961: Northwest Corner of Foster at Marlborough|
|2011: Northwest Corner of Foster at Marlborough|
|1962: Northeast Corner of Foster Ave and E.17th St|
|2015: Northeast Corner of Foster Ave and E.17th Street|
|1978: Marlborough Court, East Side|
|1985: Marlborough Court, East Side|
|2016: Marlborough Court, East Side|
|1958: Glenwood Road, South Side|
|1985: Featuring 1312 Glenwood Road|
|1985: Glenwood Road, South Side|
|2009: Glenwood Road, South Side|
|1903: Glenwood and Westminster Per T. B. Ackerson Brochure|
|1905: Glenwood Road East from Coney Island Avenue|
|1905: Glenwood at Coney Island Avenue|
|1905: Glenwood at Coney Island Avenue (Close-Up)|
|1905: This Ad Appeared October 31 in Brooklyn Eagle|
|2007: Glenwood at Coney Island Avenue|
|1910: Architectural Design for Proposed Church at 700 Argyle|
|1912: Revised Design for Proposed Church at 700 Argyle|
|1913: Church Nearing End of Construction|
|1920: Wells Church Looking SW at Glenwood and Argyle|
|1946: Wells Presbyterian Church, 700 Argyle Rd|
|1946: Wells Church Main Entrance on Argyle Looking SW|
|1946: Wells Church Main Entrance on Argyle Looking West|
|2016: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints|
|1929: A Realtor Posted This Photo in the Brooklyn Eagle|
According to various musty old records, the house was "built" in 1905 by the semi-famous John R. Corbin (see my homage at the end of this post) in his factory along the LIRR tracks at Flatbush Avenue and Avenue I (he would later move to Mill Creek where Kings Plaza stands today). The house was then assembled on site in the Spring of that year. Or as Corbin wrote in a contemporaneous promotional brochure: "...frames and beams, interior trim, [and] mortise and tenon work of Corbin Houses are accurately cut to scale … then conveyed to the site of building, ready to go into place, without readjustment or alteration." A Certificate of Occupancy was issued by the Buildings Department on May 5, 1905. It is believed the porch was enclosed around the same time the garage was constructed, in May 1914. None of the homes in the neighborhood were built with garages or stables - it was that brief interregnum in urban history when horse transport had given way to electrified trains for the transit of the masses. Then on December 1, 1913, Henry Ford's assembly line started rolling and everybody wanted a car. Particularly West South Midwoodites because the transport provided by the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company via the Brighton line was terrible.
1939: NYC Department of Records Photo
|1985: The 1939 Tree At Foot of Driveway Is Gone|
Photo above obtained on line. Notice the thin oak to the left of the front door. Today it is MASSIVE. Photos of every NYC structure were taken during the 1980s by the NYC Department of Finance to tax us better and are available HERE. Viewing is free. Copies may be ordered for $40 to $60 depending on the size and color. The caption for the photo indicates East 13th Street, the original name of Argyle Road when it was first added to the street grid per a law enacted for Kings County by the NYS legislature in 1869. Anglophilia developers got politicians to change all the Victorian Flatbush street names in the first years of the 20th Century. But, government finding it hard to actually change things, the Building and Finance databases still reflect the street grid as of the 1898 consolidation of the five boroughs into the City of New York.
|2016: New Garage Door+A Hoop|
windows on the porch were replaced, followed by 15 more in the following years until the Great Recession descended on our 401Ks. The replacements all retained the original style because let's face it, we have such great taste.
Avenue H StationThe exterior of the station house was designated a landmark in 2004 by New York City. It sits in Fiske Terrace with a street address of 802 E 16th Street (aka 1518-1524 Avenue H).
Per the NYC Landmarks Commission 2008 Designation Report for Fiske Terrace: "Fiske Terrace takes its name from George P. Fiske, an oil merchant, who acquired several large parcels of land there in the early 1890s. In 1905, Fiske, his wife, and his brother sold Fiske Terrace to the T.B. Ackerson Company, which paved its streets, installed sidewalks, utilities, and landscaping, and built approximately 50 houses within a matter of months."
|1904: Fiske Terrace Sales Office at Avenue H|
|1904: Brighton Line Below, LIRR Above|
|1906: Looking SE From the Brighton Rail Bed|
|1906: The T.B. Ackerson Sales Office is Finished|
|1906: The Sales Office Became the Station House in 1907|
for Fiske Terrace above its porch and the address of Ackerson’s headquarters, 140 Nassau Street...Within approximately a year of its opening, the building had outlived its function as a sales office." On August 23, 1907, the former real estate office debuted as a transit station. The station is remarkable both for its porch-ringed cottage and for the dramatic topographical transition that trains make there. North of Avenue H, wealthy Flatbush homeowners fought in the early 1900s to have the line dug below grade. South of Avenue H, trains run on an elevated embankment that stretches to the Brighton Beach terminus."
|1906: The Building Was Named a NYC Landmark in 2004|
|1906: Brighton Line Work, Looking South|
In the photo above, the former Ackerson sales office is visible on the far left and the existing but long-abandoned substation on East 15th Street, just south of the LIRR cut, is on the far right in the background. The Brighton line is still operating on just two tracks and no third rail has been added. Overhead lines tethered to the top of the cars provide electric power.
|1923: January 17 Letter to Brooklyn Rapid Transit|
As of the date of this January 1923 letter from Fiske Terrace residents, the Brighton line had used the Ackerson sales office for 16 years, but this building "was never intended for a station" and "is out of keeping with the surroundings. The present building is a detriment to the neighborhood." My, my, my, how tastes do change.
|2004: Avenue H Exterior|
|2004: East 16th St. Exterior|
|2014: Landmarked Avenue H Station House|
|2016: Outside the Ave H Station|
Quoting from the Landmarks Designation again: "From 1922-1940 this was part of the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation, or BMT. In 1940 this line together with the Interborough Rapid Transit were merged with the municipally owned Independent subway to form the city’s public transportation system. Now run by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Avenue H station house serves the Brighton line and is a stop on the Q train. Each weekday, 2,522 riders stream through Avenue H’s turnstiles, and 790,631 passengers use the station annually."
|2016: The Ave H Station House|
|2016: The Entire Ave H Station was Refurbished in 2011.|
Avenue H Platform and Trains
|1950s: Northbound Local Leaving Ave H|
|1965: Northbound Express Leaves Ave H|
|1950s: Northbound Work Train Enters Ave H|
|1963: Avenue H Platform|
|1964: Northbound Express Leaves Avenue H|
|1960s: Southbound Local Approaching Avenue H|
In both of the photos above, which are looking northwest, the white Victorian house in the center is the rear of 36 Wellington Court in West South Midwood. The house was built by John R. Corbin and sold for $8,600 per a New York Times notice on May 17, 1908 (see way below in the section on Corbin and Ackerson). It looks little changed over the past 52 years, aside from an air conditioner, per the photo below which I took from the same vantage point.
|2016: Avenue H Platform Looking Northwest|
The Kent, Coney Island Avenue Near Ave H
|1907: Coney Island Avenue North from LIRR Tracks|
|1997: Kent Theater|
|2006: Kent Theater|
Woody Allen rented the Kent in 1984 to film "The Purple Rose of Cairo". Here are some interior shots that date to a time when the theater was not yet divided into multiple screens.
|1984: Inside The Kent|
|1984: Inside The Kent|
Of course, Woody Allen grew up not too far from here, at 968 E 14th Street:
|2014: 968 E 14th Street, Woody Allen's Childhood Home|
And Woody Allen also filmed part of Annie Hall in Coney Island:
|1976: Woody Filming Annie Hall in Coney Island|
|1985: "Purple Rose" Released in February|
The Leader, Coney Island and Newkirk AvesThe Kent had a sister theater a few blocks away, on the east side of Coney, a little north of Newkirk, called The Leader. Both theaters were owned by Leo Storch. As TV began to make inroads into attendance in the 1950s, Storch teamed with a Manhattan inventor, Murray Kay, to implement a gimmick to boost sales. It was a long ticket that was time stamped when you entered and left the theater by a "special clock" invented by Kay. If you left before the show was over, you got a 20 cent credit on any other day you returned to the theater and presented that ticket. Storch and Kay called it "Part-O-Show." Storch told the Brooklyn Eagle he was often asked by movie goers whey they had to pay for a double feature when they only wanted to see one of the films. "Before Part-O-Show, I really couldn't give a satisfactory answer," Storch exclaimed. Then, Eureka! But "Part-O-Show" went the way of the Edsel. Frustrated by its lack of success, Storch launched another campaign: if you attended the Kent or the Leader, you would receive a volume of an encyclopedia "for the price of a ticket and a small service charge." Storch claimed that if you attended his theaters for 12 consecutive weeks, you would have assembled a complete set.
|1946: The Leader, Coney Island Ave Near Newkirk|
|1947: The Leader Just North of Casa Del Rey|
|1985: Bowling Alley On Far Right Used to Be The Leader, Then Videomania Circa 1988 Took This Space at 949 Coney|
|2007: New Building Replaced Videomania Circa 2004|
|2014: Nothing Stays The Same|
Avenue H, South Side
|1911: Avenue H, West of Station|
I have posted this photo before to contrast it with 2016. But the photo below adds more perspective.
|1963: Avenue H, West of Station|
Notice "Nathan's Food-o-Rama" on extreme bottom right. It would still be there 40 years later (below).
|2004: Avenue H, West of Station|
However, Nathan's Food-o-Rama had only a couple of years left...
|2016: Avenue H, West of Station|
Nathan's is now Harry's. Still a deli, though.
Avenue H, East Side
|1911: Avenue H Just East of Station|
Photo above is looking east toward East 17th Street. The photographer's back is to the Brooklyn Rapid Transit (BRT) station at Avenue H. Note the sign on the mall warning flower pickers to keep their hands off the merchandise.
|1911: Avenue H Looking West to BRT Station from E 17th|
|1911: East 17th Looking South from Glenwood|
Avenue H, South Side, Part Deux
|1958: 1212 Avenue H, Between E. 12th-E. 13th St|
Built in 1910.
|2016: 1212 Avenue H, Between E. 12th-E. 13th St|
Much nicer front yard today.========================
Avenue H, South Side, Part Trois
|1963: Avenue H, E. 12th-E. 13th St|
The photo above is looking southeast on Avenue H from East 12th Street (aka Westminster Road) toward East 13th Street (Argyle Road). The side streets south of Avenue H were developed a few years earlier than West South Midwood as part of "Oak Crest". The developer apparently never bribed the local Alderman to have the City change the street appellations from drab numbers to the Anglophile names then all the rage in Victorian Flatbush.
|1963: Avenue H, E. 12th-E. 13th St|
It appears very little has changed in 53 years, aside from a masonry wall replacing the hedges of the house on the corner of East 12th Street, which is nicely offset by a very green front garden.
Glenwood, North Side, Near Cut
|1961: 1427 Glenwood Road|
|2015: 1427 Glenwood Road|
|1961: 1435 Glenwood Road|
|2012: 1435 Glenwood Road|
Near Glenwood Road Footbridge
|1911: Times Captioned This "Brighton Beach Line Oak Crest"|
|1950s: Southbound Local Just Passed Under Footbridge|
|1963: Midwood Park North from Glenwood Footbridge|
|1963: Fiske Terrace South from Glenwood Footbridge|
|1963: Northbound "QB" Local, Shot from Footbridge|
|1969: Northbound "D" Local, Shot From Footbridge|
|1960: Northbound, Leaving Ave H Bound for Newkirk|
The express in the photo above is approaching the Glenwood Road footbridge visible in the top left right. Photo taken from edge of the northbound Avenue H platform.
|1960s: D Express Taken from Footbridge|
|1972: Looking North from the Southbound Avenue H Platform|
The graffiti is getting worse, now having spread to the trains, and has not been cleaned from the Glenwood bridge in the distance.
|1976: Northbound Express "Special" Leaving Ave H|
the Glenwood Road footbridge, visible in the center left background.
|1978: Northbound "D" Local Near Ave H|
The LIRR Cut
|1908: E 18th St Footbridge Over LIRR|
Per the Landmarks Commission: "The railroad tracks south of Avenue H were part of railroad magnate Austin Corbin’s New York & Manhattan Beach Railroad, which extended from Bay Ridge, through East New York, to the East River waterfront at Greenpoint. Near East 18th Street, at a location called Manhattan Junction, trains were able to turn southward to travel to Corbin’s Manhattan Beach Hotel, which opened in 1878." The line carried passengers until 1924, then became a freight line for 13 years (see below).
|1906: Map of Manhattan Beach Junction|
The schemata above shows how the LIRR Manhattan Beach line crossed over the Brighton line south of Avenue I -- after its turn just west of the Manhattan Junction Station, which was located at Ocean Avenue near Avenue H (top left above). These drawings were made in anticipation of the depression of the LIRR into a trench along its existing right of way south of Avenue H but then its gradual elevation as it turned south to share an embankment with the Brighton line for most of its journey.
|1900: Manhattan Beach Junction Station of the LIRR|
The photo above is looking west from the station. The tracks curving to the left (southwest) were for the Manhattan Beach excursion line while the tracks that continued straight were for the Bay Ridge Division which terminate at the harbor at 65th Street.
|1906: Work Crews Near Manhattan Junction|
|1906: Work Crews Near Manhattan Junction (Close-Up)|
|1906: Presumably Near Manhattan Junction|
|1906: Brighton and LIRR Crossing at Grade|
|1908: The Southern End of the E 18th St Footbridge|
|1908: The Northern End of the E 18th St. Footbridge|
The footbridge above terminated at East 18th Street south of Avenue H.
|1911: East 18th Street South From Avenue H|
|2015: Stairway to Footbridge Over E 18th St|
Above is the last vestige of the East 18th Street footbridge over the LIRR cut that connected Avenue I to Avenue H. This photo is looking north on East 18th Street between Avenue I and the Cut.
|2015: East 17th Street Fence Bordering Cut|
This photo (taken on East 17th Street north of Avenue I, facing the cut) shows signs indicating the Buckeye petroleum pipeline runs alongside the LIRR roadbed.
|2009: LIRR Cut Petroleum Pipeline Indicator|
|2015: LIRR Cut at Foot of East 17th Street|
|1908: LIRR Looking West Under Brighton Ave H Station|
|2011: LIRR Cut Looking East Under Avenue H Platform|
Only one LIRR freight track remains. An average of one train a day still travels this railbed. Visible in distance is the Ocean Avenue bridge.
|2011: East 15th Street Footbridge Over the LIRR|
Above photo is looking east from the LIRR roadbed. The East 15th footbridge pictured is the sole surviving pedestrian-only bridge over the LIRR cut. In the distance is the Brighton line bridge.
|2016: The Substation At East 15th Street|
This building at the intersection of the Brighton and LIRR cuts is visible in a number of older photos presented here. When it was built, at the dawn of the 20th century, the Brighton line had just become electrified via overhead power lines and tethers that attached to the tops of the train cars. When the third rail was introduced on the Brighton line at the completion of the grade elimination project in 1908, stations like this supplied the power. It was located where the LIRR split off in two directions: the Manhattan Beach Division paralleled the Brighton line to its immediate west southward from Avenue I, after arcing southwest near East 18th Street south of Avenue H. Meanwhile the Bay Ridge Division continued westward to the harbor and still survives as a freight line today. The Bay Ridge Division was powered by overhead electric cables until the mid-1960s, when they were replaced by diesel locomotives.
|2011: The East 15th Street Footbridge|
Above photo is looking west along the LIRR roadbed. The next bridge in the background is the Rugby Road/E. 14th Street roadway.
|1924: LIRR Freight Line Map|
The map above was prepared by the LIRR after it discontinued passenger service on its Manhattan Beach line in 1924. This steam railroad originated in Long Island City, eventually paralleling Avenue H until East 18th, when it curved south and passed through the Brighton tracks to run west of that roadbed from Avenue I to Manhattan Beach. After 1924 it carried freight, which could be loaded at Sheepshead Bay, Midwood (Avenue O) and Vanderveer Park (Flatbush Avenue and Avenue I). It wasn't much of a money-maker because of the difficulty customers had in reaching the loading stations. The right of way was sold off in 1939 (see below), leading to new construction.
Per the NYC Landmarks Commission 2008 Fiske Terrace-Midwood Park Report:
"The railroad tracks south of Avenue H were part of railroad magnate Austin Corbin’s New York and Manhattan Beach Railroad, which extended from Bay Ridge, through East New York, to the East River waterfront at Greenpoint. Near East 18th Street, at a location called Manhattan Junction, trains were able to
turn southward to travel to Corbin’s Manhattan Beach Hotel, which opened in 1878 [SIC - it was 1877]. Today part of the freight-only Bay Ridge Line of the Long Island Railroad, the tracks just south of Fiske Terrace stopped carrying passengers in 1924. [This was] a excursion rather then commuter railway..."
|1908: Brighton and LIRR Before Embankment|
The tracks in the center of the above photo which is looking north near Avenue J are for the Brighton line while on the far left the LIRR has its own right of way.
In 1924 the Manhattan Beach line became a freight-only operation that was discontinued in 1937. In 1939 its 45 foot wide elevated right of way immediately west of the Brighton elevated line (stretching from Avenue J to Neptune Avenue) was demolished and the land was sold to developers.
|1939: Brooklyn Eagle Photo - Elevated LIRR Tracks On Left, Elevated BMT Tracks on Right|
|1910: Platform of Neck Road Station of the LIRR in Center|
|2007: Neck Road LIRR Station Stairway Survives|
|2011: Stairway to Nowhere|
The photos above show the last vestige of the LIRR Manhattan Beach line: a stairway leading to a platform that no longer exists on the right at Gravesend Neck Road and East 16th Street.
|1907: Coney Island Avenue and LIRR Tracks|
The photo above is looking northeast from the intersection of the Coney Island Avenue trolley line and the LIRR Bay Ridge Division tracks just prior to the depression of the LIRR line as part of the Grade Crossing Commission work. Over the men's shoulders are buildings on Avenue H and beyond in West South Midwood are visible.
|1907: Coney Island Avenue and LIRR Tracks|
Again, looking northeast from the intersection of the Coney Island Avenue trolley line and the LIRR Bay Ridge Division before the latter was depressed in a trench. The rear of the homes Ackerson built on Westminster Road are visible. In the far distance, in the upper left corner is the ghostly visage of the building that still stands at the intersection of Coney Island Avenue, Glenwood Road and Corbin Court which we featured HERE.
|1907: Coney and LIRR (Northeast)|
|1907: Coney and LIRR (Due North)|
Two photos above show a wider angle looking north from the intersection of the two railroad tracks.
|1906: Vanderveer Park Station House at Flatbush and Ave I|
This building above stood near Flatbush Avenue and Avenue I until it was demolished in 1960. This area was where John Corbin erected his first house-building factory circa 1902. As a misguided youth who grew up at Flatbush and Rogers Avenues, I would travel with pals a few short blocks to "the cut" at that location. I can recall in the late 1950s there was still the vestige of a Manhattan Beach passenger rail station there (Vanderveer Park), complete with a beat-up wooden platform. Also, an active "hobo jungle" and assorted artifacts that caught the fancy of adolescent boys. This vast open cut was swallowed up by the construction of the Philip Howard apartment houses circa 1965.
|2011: Philip Howard Apartments on Left|
|1954: Steam Locomotive on LIRR Cut Near Flatbush Ave|
|1965: Last Electric Powered Train on LIRR Freight Line|
|1949: Port Authority Map Showing Rail Freight in Red|
Port Authority map above indicates there were still freight loading stations at Vanderveer Park (at Flatbush and Avenue I) and Parkville (at McDonald Avenue and Avenue I) in 1949. Per the 2010 Cross Harbor Freight Program Needs Assessment: "The Bay Ridge Branch was once a major rail freight corridor during the peak of rail float operations across the harbor. At one time the Bay Ridge Branch carried 600,000 railcar-loads per year, but now carries less than 3,000 carloads per year. The Bay Ridge Branch began as a narrow-gauge seasonal railroad serving Brooklyn beaches. It attained its highest state of service and capacity as a result of improvement projects (years 1914-to-1925) that featured high-voltage AC electrification and grade-separated multiple track. This upgrade was designed as a predominantly four-track facility, with intermittent sections of two-track right-of-way. Today, the Bay Ridge Branch has only one active track, with passing sidings. It has no signals, with train movements controlled by track warrant (direct approval from a dispatcher). The existing yards of significance are at Bay Ridge 65th Street and at Fresh Pond (Queens). The existing East New York Tunnel on the line has four bores, but with only one tube in service. Two other tunnel tubes have tracks in place, but are not connected. The fourth tunnel tube is sealed and conveys a petroleum pipeline. The Bay Ridge Branch is entirely grade-separated, with 44 overhead structures or bridges in the segment of the line between East New York and Bay Ridge...The LIRR freight service New York and Atlantic Railway operates the Bay Ridge Branch. Shippers and consignee demand on this rail line is generally on an as-needed basis, and averages only about one freight train per day."
Newkirk Avenue Station and Plaza
|1910: Newkirk Avenue Station Looking North|
|1912: Newkirk Avenue Station Looking North|
|2016: Newkirk Plaza Station Looking North|
|1900: Brighton Tracks Looking North at Newkirk|
|1900: South Midwood Hotel at Newkirk Ave|
|1900: South Midwood Hotel at Newkirk Ave|
|1900: Looking West On Newkirk Ave at Brighton Line|
|1906: South Midwood Station Looking North|
Per History of the Work of Eliminating Grade Crossings by the Brooklyn Grade Crossing Commission: "The work on the cut was begun December 29, 1905, at Avenue G, for the construction of the west concrete wall. The excavation for the depressed roadbed began at and followed the construction of this wall, said excavation consisting of about one-third of the width of the entire cut. After the west wall was completed the east wall was begun at the Church avenue end of this section and as the east wall progressed it was followed by the excavation of the remaining portion of the cut. The west wall was completed in October, 1906, and the east wall was completed in August, 1907."
|1906: March Photo Shows West Retaining Wall (Left) Near Ditmas Looking North|
|1907: Photo Near the Beverly Road Curve|
|1906: Newkirk Ave Station Then Called "South Midwood"|
|1907: "South Midwood" Station At Newkirk Ave|
|1910: Newkirk Avenue Station House Near Completion|
|1908: Plaque On Wall of Newkirk Station|
The plaque on the east outer wall of the station house reads: "The Depression and Elevation of this railroad to abolish grade crossings was authorized by the Legislature May 9th, 1903. A joint undertaking between the City Of New York and the Brooklyn Heights R.R. Co. under the direction of the Brooklyn Grade Crossing Commission. Work commenced August 1st 1904 - Completed July 1st 1908." (I left out the politicians' names, so sue me.)
|1912: Looking North from Newkirk Plaza|
|1958: Newkirk Plaza, East Side|
|1960: Looking North from Newkirk Plaza|
|1960: Newkirk Station Looking South|
1960s: Newkirk Plaza Looking Northeast
The Plaza starts to look worn.
|1962: Newkirk Plaza Looking Southeast|
A bar and grill, a fur shop and a hobbies store are all long gone.
|1962: Grillos Near SE Corner of Newkirk Plaza|
Grillos, pictured above, sold fish in the front of the store and had dining in the rear. Much beloved in Flatbush, it folded circa 1986.
|1962: Looking North on East Side of Plaza|
1962: Newkirk Plaza Looking Northeast
A phone booth appeared near the east side entrance to the
station sometime between 1958 and 1962.
|1964: Newkirk Ave Station Looking Northeast|
|1964: Looking Northeast During Reconstruction|
|1964: Looking North During Reconstruction|
|1970s: The Plaza's East Side Again|
|2008: Construction Blues Again|
|2009: Construction at Newkirk Looking North|
|2010: Plaza Refurbished|
|2011: Newkirk Station Interior|
|2011: Blizzard Type Situation at Newkirk Plaza|
|2014: 30 Newkirk Plaza. Beloved Alex Shoes Closed in 2015.|
|2013: Alex Belanchuk|
|2008: 26 Newkirk Plaza. Beloved Hot Bagels Closed in 2010.|
|2015: 26 Newkirk Plaza.|
|2016: Almac Hardware at 2 Newkirk Plaza|
Almac on the northeast end of the Plaza has been serving the neighborhood in excellent fashion since 1918.
R.I.P. Paul Goodman.
|2016: Newkirk Plaza Looking Northwest|
|2016: Looking North From South End of Platform|
|2016: Newkirk Plaza Station Looking North|
Rugby Road, Newkirk - Foster
|1922: 630 Rugby Road|
|2013: 630 Rugby Road|
Newkirk Avenue And Argyle Road
|1962: Northeast Corner, Argyle and Newkirk|
|2012: OxCart Restaurant Occupies Corner|
Advantage 2012! Yum!!!
|1954: PS 217|
|1954: PS 217|
|1954: PS 217|
|2013: New Addition On Far Left|
|1908: John R. Corbin|
- John R. Corbin Company: He built about three-quarters of the houses in Midwood Park, generally north of Glenwood Road from East 19th to East 17th. And many houses in West South Midwood.
|1908: T. B. Ackerson|
One of the most innovative figures among Flatbush developers and builders, Corbin, born in Brooklyn in 1869 to immigrant parents, was a carpenter by trade, had studied architecture, and became a contractor in 1895. Concluding that “the overflow of the increasing population of New York … would naturally trend towards Flatbush,” he decided to move there and enter the business of constructing “model cottages.” In 1902 he formed the John R. Corbin Company. Per the Brooklyn Eagle's story about his expanding operations that year: "The new company holds an option on nearly 1,000 lots south of Prospect Park, and proposes to erect its own lumber yard and planing mill on a big plot of ground, recently purchased, near the Vanderveer Park station, on the Manhattan Beach branch of the Long Island Railroad."
|1917: Toes Up|
|1616-1622 Flatbush Ave: Site of Corbin's First Workshop Circa 1900 Before Moving to Vanderveer Station (1902), Then to Mill Creek (Now Kings Plaza) in 1905|
|Corbin, His Wife and Two Sons Lived In This "Corbin House" |
in 1910 at 3320 Glenwood Road (c/o East 34th Street)
|2016: Home Built By Corbin in 1905 (Dekoven Ct and Rugby Rd)|
|1913: Germania Realty Sold Corbin's Factory at Mill Creek|
|36 Oakland Place (Tilden-Albemarle): Corbin Family Here |
as of Bankruptcy Filing in 1917
|1918: Pig Sales Reference Brooklyn Location for Corbin|
|1919: Pig Sales Reference Wappingers Location for Corbin|
I grew up on a Kansas farm where we had many hogs. These were not routine, average pigs or there would not be such an elaborate record of them. The Duroc breed is now considered a "heritage" breed and is prized because of the flavor, tenderness and juiciness of the meat. My guess is that Corbin was looking toward breeding pure bred hogs with the object of capitalizing on their higher value.
|Corbin Family Home Per 1930 Census at 227 Diddell Road in Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County|
|2015: Corbin Court|
|1906: "Private St" Is Now Corbin Court|
I like to think it wasn't named for a notorious bigoted oligarch but for a Brooklyn striver, John R. Corbin, one of the great master builders of Brooklyn.
|Aug 2016: Thanks, Chaudry Mohammad!|
Corbin Court is actually comprised of four tax lots that include the adjacent buildings that face Coney Island Ave. I’ve always suspected Mr. Corbin may have had a hand in the construction of that block-long building. I don’t see any other reason why a private road would presumably be named after him.
If you pass by Corbin Court by Foster Ave you’ll see that a street name sign was finally put up by DOT a few weeks ago. Private roads are a fascinating anachronism and case study.
|1906: Corbin Sells Building at SE Corner of Coney and Glenwood|
|1905: Ackerson Sales Reported October 21|
|1905: Ackerson Placed This Ad October 31st|
|1906: Ad Placed by Ackerson in May|
|1908: NY Times Story; John Corbin Built A Lot of Our Homes|
|1907: Corbin Placed This Ad in the Brooklyn Eagle|
|1944: The End of An Era|