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A Photographic History of Newkirk Plaza

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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.