Showing posts from 2019

Stories Your House Could Tell: 15 Waldorf Court

Civil War Vets, Horse Traders, Salesmen, Dancers  & Lives of Service By Joe Enright 1940: 15 Waldorf Court (NYC Tax Photo) Some of the most ornate homes in Victorian Flatbush were built near the Brighton line. If you doubt me, take a look at the “Japanese House” at 131 Buckingham Road. Why would you build a mansion alongside a railroad?  The Japanese House at 131 Buckingham Road Some have suggested that at the dawn of the Progressive Era, the railroad – newly electrified in 1899 – was considered a symbol of progress. Perhaps that’s why the Germania Real Estate & Improvement Company designed Courts in West Midwood to surround their malled centerpiece, Glenwood Road: because the Courts afforded more views of the smokeless single-car electric trains that clanked by.   Early 1900s BRT Brighton Train Car. Summer! In fact, when 15 Waldorf Court was being erected by John Corbin and his architect, Benjamin Dreisler, in 1906, the railroad 200 feet to its eas

A Photographic History of Newkirk Plaza

NEWKIRK  PLAZA, 1878-2019 1890: Land Around Brighton Line, Foster to Newkirk, Owned By CHESHIRE IMPROVEMENT, Subsidiary of Butterick Publishing, Oldest Clothing Pattern Retailer in the US.  CHESHIRE's Dairy Farm Supplied Most of Brooklyn With Milk Until 1892 Fire Destroyed Barns (Bottom Left) and Livestock.                                                                                                                                                    Click here to view in YouTube How Did Newkirk Plaza Become An Express Stop? When Newkirk Plaza was born in 1910, it became the first open air shopping mall in New York. Generations of urban planners have cited it as a unique strategy for serving mass transit and commercial needs. But how did it come to be? Who was the Father of Newkirk Plaza? The answer is Mr. Necessity, also known as the Mother of Invention. To explain, we need to present a short history of the railroad that lies beneath the stores.