New York City Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to the Five Boroughs of the Metropolis: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Richmond

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Middle Brooklyn

BEDFORD -- PARK SLOPE DISTRICT -- FLAT
BUSH -- SHEEPSHEAD BAY NEIGHBORHOOD

Area: Myrtle Ave. on north to Neptune Ave. and Emmons Ave. ( Sheepshead Bay) on south; from 5th Ave., Greenwood Cemetery, and McDonald Ave. east to Nostrand Ave. and Gerritsen Ave.

Principal highways: Flatbush Ave., Bedford Ave., Ocean Ave., and Ocean Parkway.

Transportation: IRT Flatbush Ave. subway, Bergen St. to Flatbush Ave. stations; BMT Brighton Beach subway, 7th Ave. to Sheepshead Bay stations; 8th Ave. (Independent) Fulton St. subway, Clinton Ave. to Nostrand Ave. stations.

THIS section, a long rectangular area extending through the middle of the borough, embraces several of Brooklyn's oldest and choicest residential sectors, virtually untouched by commerce or industry. The borough's domestic character is exemplified here by the Victorian mansions in Bedford, modern apartment dwellings ringing Prospect Park, old houses in Flatbush, newer homes in Midwood, and the cottages and bungalows of Sheepshead Bay.

BEDFORD, in the mauve decade, was one of Brooklyn's most fashionable neighborhoods. Except for one or two quiet, less crowded streets on "The Hill" around Washington Avenue and Ryerson Street, and the newer section around Eastern Parkway, few traces of its past elegance survive. The brownstones of its heyday, faded and neglected for the most part, are now crowded by frame houses, small industrial establishments, and warehouses. The hamlet of Bedford was settled by the Dutch in 1662.

1. PRATT INSTITUTE, Ryerson Street near DeKalb Avenue, a scientific and technical school, was founded in 1887 by Charles Pratt, a Rockefeller associate. The six-story main building, erected in 1887 from plans by William Wingren, is in the Romanesque Revival style; Memorial Hall, designed by John Mead Howells, follows a simplified Byzantine style. Across the street from the main group in a small park is the Pratt In

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New York City Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to the Five Boroughs of the Metropolis: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Richmond
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Editorial Staff of the New York City Guide vi
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations and Maps xi
  • Plan of the Guide xix
  • General Information 3
  • Annual Events 42
  • Manhattan 47
  • Manhattan 49
  • Lower Manhattan 57
  • Middle West Side 144
  • Middle and Upper East Side 182
  • The Harlems 253
  • Upper West Side and Northern Manhattan 271
  • Major Points of Interest 307
  • The Harbor, the Rivers, and Their Islands 408
  • The Harbor and Its Islands 409
  • The Rivers and the River Islands 418
  • Brooklyn 429
  • Brooklyn 431
  • Downtown Brooklyn 440
  • North Brooklyn 455
  • West Brooklyn 463
  • Middle Brooklyn 476
  • East Brooklyn 496
  • The Bronx 507
  • The Bronx 509
  • West Bronx 517
  • Middle Bronx 529
  • East Bronx 542
  • Queens 553
  • Queens 555
  • North Queens 562
  • Middle Queens 574
  • South Queens 587
  • Richmond 595
  • Richmond 597
  • East and South Richmond 603
  • North and West Richmond 617
  • New York World's Fair 1939 625
  • New York World's Fair 1939 627
  • Books About New York 649
  • Index 661
  • Index to New York World's Fair 1939 705
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