Growing up in Brooklyn New York in Fort Greene Housing Developments I really didn’t take into consideration the history of where I lived. St. Michaels St. Edwards Church was where my family worshiped. It was the only catholic church in Fort Greene Brooklyn. This magnificent Romanesque revival church is shaped like a Greek cross, with two 80-foot towers at the front of the church. When the el-train line closed on Myrtle Avenue in 1969 one of the metal support pillars became the alter at the church. In 2010 the church closed.
Up the block from St. Michael’s St. Edwards Church stood the Raymond Street Jail. I remember the jail as a little child. The jailhouse was erected at the foot of Fort Greene Park and when you walked passed it inmates would holler to you from the windows. The jail was built in 1838 and it had a medical fortress look to it. Through this young girl’s eyes, it always looked dark and spooky. It certainly stood out in total contrast to the housing developments that surrounded it. The jail closed on July 20, 1963.
It amazes me how much I remember as I get older. Sometimes I miss Brooklyn but I know it’s not the same as it was when I was younger. I guess what I miss most of all is the nostalgia.
Have you ever wanted to go back to your old neighborhood?