Thursday, October 7, 2010
The History of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Henrik Krogius, longtime editor of the Brooklyn Heights Press, has for decades been gathering information on the origins and construction of the beloved Brooklyn Heights Promenade. He has composed his findings into a lengthy story for this week's edition of the weekly newspaper, as it is the Promenade's 60th birthday.
Through his research he delved into old articles from The New York Times and the Brooklyn Eagle, as well as minutes from old meetings of the Brooklyn Heights Association, correspondence between NYC master builder Robert Moses and Heights residents, and conducted interviews with engineers from firms that worked on the unique cantilevered BQE roadway/Promenade structure. It's fair to say, that at this point, Krogius probably knows more about the Promenade — how and why it came about — than anybody. I suggest you give it a read.
The photo above (from the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority) shows the cantilevered BQE under construction around 1947. The house at the top, 222 Columbia Heights, was eventually demolished.
Posted by BklynBeforeNow at 2:49 PM