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"Fruit" Streets

  • Pineapple, Orange, and Cranberry Sts. Map It
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • Historic District/Site

Published 09/10/2016

Fodor's Review

Brooklyn Heights is filled with stately brownstones and brick homes, and the quiet blocks of Pineapple, Cranberry, and Orange Streets contain some of the most picturesque ones. A few homes made of wood still exist, too, although they've been banned in the Brooklyn Heights area since the mid-19th century because of the fire hazard. The wood-frame house at 24 Middagh Street, a typical example built in the Federal style, dates to the 1820s. Middagh Street was named for the ancestors of one Lady Middagh, who, so the legend goes, thought that naming streets after wealthy families was pretentious. She removed the existing street signs and installed her own fruit-themed ones. The city confiscated them, but she kept replacing the city's signs until her choices were made official. To ponder the irony that despite her initiative Middagh Street still exists, stroll west (toward the East River) on Orange or Cranberry to the Fruit Street Sitting Area, the connector between Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Columbia Heights.

Sight Information

Address:

Pineapple, Orange, and Cranberry Sts., Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Published 09/10/2016

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