Brooklyn’s Smith Street, located in Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, has turned into a Restaurant Row in recent years (rising rents have forced something of a pullback) but Queens’ Smith Street is older and much more suburban.

Presently running from Baisley Boulevard east of Guy Brewer Boulevard north to Bedell Street, running alongside the Long Island Rail Road, Smith Street (then Smith Avenue) turns up on this 1873 atlas and it’s one of the few streets from back then that has kept its old name. The rudiments of today’s street layout are in place, with farm to market roads that probably overlay old Native American traces are in place: Rockaway Turnpike (Sutphin Blvd.), Locust Avenue (Baisley Boulevard), Central avenue (Linden Boulevard) and Farmers Avenue and Merrick Plank Road, now both Boulevards.

Much more on the FNY Baisley Boulevard and St. Albans page from 2014.


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