September 15, 2010
When we came across several fruit-named streets in Brooklyn Heights, I immediately thought that the area was historically an orchard. I was wrong. It would have been challenging to maintain a tropical fruit orchard in New York. And where would a cranberry bog fit into the landscape? Read about creating a bog garden on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden website. Also, note the cross street -- Willow Street.
The Brooklyn Heights's streets Orange, Cranberry, and Pineapple were originally named for aristocratic families, a practice that nineteenth century resident Lady Middagh found "pretentious," so she renamed the streets. These streets influenced the name of a nearby sitting area -- the Fruit Street Sitting Area.
In researching for our post about parks in the movies, I learned that Cher's character in Moonstruck lived in a house on Cranberry Street. Cinematic Parks found this amusing as Cher's character was from a working class family and that house on Cranberry Street was marketed for $5 million!