Stories behind Brooklyn neighborhood names: Brooklyn Heights and Coney Island

The Brooklyn Heights

The Brooklyn Heights "fruit streets" were so-called after a local socialite noticed all of the streets were named after other prominent Brooklyn residents. (5/3/13)

BROOKLYN - An expert is offering up a bit of history about how some Brooklyn neighborhoods were named.

Gregory Quinn put together a rundown of some trivia about several different neighborhoods.

For example, there is no hill in Boreum Hill. Residents just wanted a more posh name, so they named their neighborhood after a Dutch farming family.

Also, the Brooklyn Heights "fruit streets" were so-called after a local socialite noticed all of the streets were named after other prominent Brooklyn residents.

Coney Island was named because it used to be a destination for rabbit hunting.


 

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