Fruit Trees of the Navy YardDennis Riley 1 year, 8 months ago
A random find in the archives reveals the existence of three long gone streets adjoining the Brooklyn Navy Yard: Lemon, Peach, and Pear.
Two similar plans, from 1907 and 1908, of a storage area for stock material at the Yard show these streets which conjure up images of orchards laden with fruit ripe for the picking.
Curiously, these streets do not appear on an 1895 map of Brooklyn or an image of the Wallabout Market area from 1896. They do, however, show up on general overview maps of the Yard from the early 20th century. The area was first incorporated into the Navy Yard during World War I when it was used for emergency storage and Buildings 140, 141, and 142 were built. The area reverted to being outside the Yard’s perimeter around 1922 and these storehouses are no longer extant.
These streets disappeared altogether when the Navy Yard expanded during World War II. Today, the location of these forgotten streets is just inside and to the right of the Clinton Avenue Gate, where the BNYDC mail facility is located.
Of some further intrigue is the fingerprint left by some unnamed Yard worker between Peach and Pear Streets on the 1907 plan.
Wallabout Market showing the former Clinton Avenue boundary, Library of Congress, 1896.