Ever wondered what's up with that olde tyme carnival money booth near the Lefferts House and Carousel? Does this look familiar?
This is Flatbush near Hawthorne. I have never seen a picture that so beautifully captures how Flatbush looked in the late 19th Century. And what an odd idea, to charge for use of a boardwalk on top of the dirty/muddy road, to make it easy for horse-drawn buggies to travel. Wow. This is a real mind-blower.
From the Historical Society website:
This photograph features a toll booth that stood on Flatbush Avenue between Fenimore Street and Winthrop Street in what is now Lefferts
Built in the 1850s by the Brooklyn, Flatbush, and Jamaica Plank Road
Company, the booth was used to collect tolls on Old Flatbush Turnpike,
one of the main thoroughfares connecting the town of Flatbush to the
city of Brooklyn. The road’s plank surface made it easier for wagons and
carriages to travel on the dirt road. When the road company went out of
business in 1893, the booth was gifted to John Moore, the last Flatbush
Road Commissioner, who placed it in his backyard in East Flatbush.
Today, the booth stands in Prospect Park, near the Lefferts Historic House and the carousel.
Among the major investors in the Plank Road were members of the
Lefferts family. You can learn more about them and their role in
developing the town of Flatbush from An American Family Grows in Brooklyn, BHS’s new digital exhibit.
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.