Kouwenhoven Station, Farragut, Brooklyn
The Bay Ridge Line continues to the northeast through commerical areas of Farragut, a neighborhood named for American Civil War Admiral David Farragut.
The Bay Ridge Line Kouwenhoven Station was located on east 53rd St. between Foster and Farragut roads, presumably before Kings Highway was plowed through here. Regardless, somewhere along here would likely be a good spot for a station as there are plenty of folks living to the north and south of the industrial area surrounding the tracks.
The Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House at 5816 Clarendon Road was built around 1652 and is the oldest extant building in New York City. A remarkable survivor of development in this part of Brooklyn, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968. It was donated the city the following year and opened as a Museum in 1982 following an exhaustive restoration. www.WyckoffAssociation.org
The bridge carrying the tracks over Kings Highway is a 84-foot steel stringer bridge built in 1906 (BIN 7702750).
The East 83rd Street Bridge (BIN 7702730) is a concrete arch bridge with white brick trim that is unique among the other girder and stringer spans that surround it on the Bay Ridge Line.
The Brooklyn Terminal Market opened in 1942 as a centralized location for trading agricultural goods. They apparently sell retail too, although I didn't know that when I was walking by and didn't venture in. There is a siding into the market from the Bay Ridge Line and, once upon a time, lodging was available for farmers who needed to stay overnight if they couldn't get home after bringing their produce in.
Canarsie Plaza is a proposed retail center in a triangle between Avenue D, the Brooklyn Terminal Market and the Bay Ridge Line. The anchor tenant of the plaza will be a Home Depot. There used to be a second terminal siding here, but it was removed and the proposed site plan does not include any kind of railroad access.
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