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Bridge Plaza, Brooklyn

167 Concord Street

Bridge Plaza is the northeastern corner of the downtown area of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Its borders are Flatbush Avenue Extension and Manhattan Bridge on the west, Tillary Street on the south, and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) on the north and east.[1][2]

The neighborhood was connected to Vinegar Hill until the 1950s, when construction of the BQE effectively isolated it from surrounding areas. Following this change, the "area shifted more towards auto shops, garages and warehouses, and its zoning only allowed industrial uses."[3] Brooklyn real estate blog Brownstoner describes the area as "a time warp, a Brigadoon-like enclave of early to mid-19th century buildings surrounded by the boom of the 21st century."[4]

The name RAMBO, an acronym for "Right Around the Manhattan Bridge Overpass", is sometimes applied to the area,[5][6][7] though it is largely unpopular and derided.[8][9]

One of the most notable homes in Bridge Plaza is 167 Concord Street, called the "most photogenic house in Downtown Brooklyn" by the Brooklyn Eagle.[10] The miniature house features a candy apple red Citicar parked in the front yard. The cottage was built in 1762 and was surrounded by a stone wall dating to about 1820.[11][12]

References

  1. ^ "'MANUFACTURING CENTRE CREATED AT MANHATTAN BRIDGE PLAZA IN BROOKLYN". The New York Times. December 23, 1917. p. 31. Retrieved January 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Bridge Plaza Rezoning Proposal". New York City Department of City Planning. August 19, 2003. Retrieved January 6, 2009. 
  3. ^ Baird-Remba, Rebecca (July 6, 2015). "Revealed: 180 Concord Street, Downtown Brooklyn". New York Yimby. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ Morris, Montrose (September 20, 2011). "Building of the Day: 167 Concord Street". Brownstoner. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "In RAMBO, Free to Be You and Me". curbed.com. February 16, 2006. Retrieved November 4, 2007. 
  6. ^ Cohen, Ariella (August 18, 2007). "Downtown going Williamsburg". The Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved November 4, 2007. 
  7. ^ Weinstein, Robert (March–April 2008). "'Flattery' will get you somewhere". Brooklyn Boom. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved January 6, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Brooklyn residents bash new RAMBO neighborhood". New York Post. December 7, 2012. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ "RAMBO: Everyone Wants A Piece Of Godawful Neighborhood Name". Archived from the original on December 10, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ Croghan, Lore (September 20, 2011). "Home Sweet Home: Concord Street cutie is shutterbugs' favorite". Brooklyn Eagle. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ "ALBEE SQUARE, Brooklyn". Forgotten New York. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  12. ^ Walsh, K. (2006). Forgotten New York: Views of a Lost Metropolis. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-114502-5.