Must-See Brooklyn Heights
by Peter Terzian, Harrison Peck and Andrew Rosenberg, 03/05/2014 [Updated 02/17/2016]
Photo: Stefano Giovannini
The "Fruit Streets"
In the northern reaches of the Heights you'll come across some unusually named streets (at least for this area): Pineapple, Orange and Cranberry. The origins of the appellations are not entirely clear: One theory goes that in the mid-19th century a Miss Middagh, enraged by the practice of prominent families naming streets for themselves, ripped down street signs and replaced them with the fruit names (ironically, there's a Middagh Street nearby); another goes that the early owners of this land sold exotic fruits. Whatever the case, these peaceful, tree-lined blocks have some of the most attractive homes—deco, Greek Revival and otherwise—in the neighborhood. Closer to the Promenade find the recently carved out Fruit Street Sitting Area, a small circular space great for taking a break from walking and taking in the views of the City. —AR