Monday, January 19, 2009

Brooklyn History: Wallabout Market

There is a very cool story posted by Urban Environmentalist on Gowanus Lounge (link above) about what was once the second largest market in the world (link above) on Wallabout Bay. Wallabout is a reference to the Walloons who lived and did business there in the eighteenth century. Unfortunately, the market was destroyed to make way for the expansion of the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II.
The accompanying photo looks like it could have been taken in Holland, but it's Brooklyn at the end of the nineteenth century.

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