Saturday, July 21, 2007

History Of President Street

The two blocks of President Street (between Brooklyn and New York Avenues) are literally steeped in undocumented history.

I wish people from the Neighborhood would enlighten us as to its olden glory.

Some time lines to start with:

1880's: development

1920's changing demographics

1960's neighborhoods decline



David said...

I would like to express my interest in this post as well. being a resident of crown heights for years, I've always wondered about the President street mansions.

Anonymous said...

the building on the corner of president and new york ave,(347 new york ave, the president plaza). underwent a renovation in the 60's where thay droppt the in some places uneven cielings so much that in the lobby' the top of the windows are abscured by the drop cieling. the grand rabbi of chabad lived there from 1941 to 1956, whan he moved to a house on president, bt brooklyn and new york. the color scim of the biolding' used to be green' hence the green cenopy, but thay changed it yo gray asnd nblasck

Pamela Somers said...

Congressman Andrew Lawrence Somers and his family moved to 1328 President Street, between Brooklyn Avenue and New York Avenue, in 1928. He had been elected to US Congress in 1924, and served for 25 years until his death in 1949.

His father was Arthur Sylvester Somers, a prominent Brooklynite who lived at 988 Sterling Place with his wife, Virginia Augusta Lawrence, of the Lawrence family of Flushing and Newtown Queens. He served on the Board of Education for the City of Brooklyn for 26 consecutive years. He was also the President of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 1924, and in 1926 became the first President of the Long Island Chamber of Commerce.

After their three oldest children were married, Congressman Somers and his wife, Ruth Edna McCormick, moved the family two doors down to 1338 President Street.

Anonymous said...

but like... there are bars on the top floor meaning they want to keep something out.. trust me theres a deeper story

Anonymous said...

ya like i sayed on that street a last weekend and thats house is such creeps... like what happened to it.. i really want to find out me and my friends are dying to know

YankeeNative said...

Trust me, the windows were barred because of the little boys (twins) that lived there. Their mother and doctor father were afraid that the sometimes mischievous little boys might open an upstairs window in that big house and fall out! The interior of the house was warm and beautiful. The street was known as "doctor's row". There were so many professionals who lived in those architecturally lovely old homes with their charming gardens, front and back. I know because as a young woman I was a guest many times in the distinctive house pictured.