Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 12:40PM
Tucked into the far southern end of Park Slope, Calder Place is an unassuming one block street with only one building to call its own, #15.
|Looking south from Prospect Ave.|
|#15, the street's only address|
What's its deal?
Looking back at some old maps, it's clear that unlike Jackson Place and Webster Place to its north, Calder was not originally part of the street grid.
It's not there in the above map, from 1880. Check out Braxton Street at right; that's Windsor Place today.
No Calder Place in this map, either, from 1917.
All signs would point to this street being created when the Prospect Expressway was cut through the neighborhood by our friend Robert Moses in the 1950s. It necessitated the cutoff of 17th Street at about the halfway point between Sixth and Seventh, so Calder Place was most likely tacked on there to prevent 17th from having to become a dead end.
Why the name Calder Place, though? Let's turn to Brooklyn By Name:
Republican William Musgrave Calder (1869-1945) represented New York in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Born in Brooklyn, Calder studied carpentry in evening courses at the Cooper Institute in Manhattan and later became Building Commissioner for Brooklyn. He is credited with building over thirty-five hundred homes and is credited with developing parts of South Brooklyn, Flatbush, and Sheepshead Bay. In his one term as senator (1917-1923), Calder sponsored the first daylight-savings law.
Also on the block is a nice little hidden park that overlooks the expressway, named for Joseph Mayrose, a detective from Bay Ridge who was killed in a car accident in 1989 at age 40. The 1.3 acre park, one of 15 along the highway, opened in 1956 (six years before the completion of the expressway), and it was given its name in 1990.
|Detective Joseph Mayrose Park|