Old Clove Road and Malbone Streets in Crown Heights Brooklyn-- an uncelebrated pathway to theÂ old colonial era of Brooklyn, where "red-coats"( Brits) fought over Long Island and where our Native Americans may have farmed and drank from the natural springsÂ along thisÂ path.Â Now--if you're wizzing by Nostrand Avenue and Montgomery St--you might miss it--but its well worth to slow down and walk along this short beaten path thatÂ is stillÂ visible and spills onto Empire Blvd...right dab in the middle!Â Â Â Only now, it boasts newly constructed multi-dwelling and single familyÂ homes.Â I would venture to say, the residents of this cul-de-sacÂ don'tÂ mind being lostÂ amid theÂ noise of our crown heights boom. Just as recent as 2011, an archeological study was conducted along Clove Road (seeÂ link) nytelecom.vo.llnwd.net/o15/agencies/lpc/arch_reports/1351.pdf
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According to the 1800's maps, dating back to 1662, Old Clove Road ( American Indian trail)Â ran south from Jamaica Plank Road (Fulton Street, in its present straightened form),Â winding southeast toÂ todayâ€™s Empire Boulevard, where it became Canarsie Road, later Canarsie Avenue, which
continued southeast along the west side of Holy Cross Cemetery. It then turned east along todayâ€™s Cortelyou Road, entering Canarsie and running past the historicÂ WyckoffÂ House on Clarendon Road and Ralph Avenue.Â Clove Road's name is derived from the Dutch wordÂ â€œklovenâ€Â for cleft and was originally a road that ran in a valley between two hills.
The other twin is Hunterfly Road, another American Indian trail Â that houses the last remnants along BergenÂ streetÂ and Buffalo avenue,previouslyÂ listed as Bedford's Ward 9 in the 1830's.Â The now familiar Weeksville Township wasÂ one of the firstÂ independent and sustainable emancipated African American communities in New York City.Â ThisÂ historic site will now be honored and restored with an Education Center at 1698 Bergen Street. - similar (if not more comprehensive) to the African Burial Ground site in lower manhattan at 290 Broadway (Duane and Reade Streets).
ItsÂ just amazing the rich history our brooklyn streets have hidden under paved roadsÂ orÂ Â behind old neglected building facades. Brooklyn isÂ
really just Â " more than you see"