Flatlands Avenue Improvements – Brooklyn NY

Description

The federal Work Projects Administration put many men to work starting in 1935 with a $197,000 street repair and maintenance project, along what were then dirt roads, throughout the borough of Brooklyn, New York. Roads improved included:

  • Flatlands Ave.: E. 108th St. to Fairfield Ave.
  • Fairfield Ave.: Flatlands Ave. to Pennsylvania Ave.

Fairfield Avenue no longer exists as such: a New York City law passed in 1956 changed the name of what was then Fairfield Avenue, which extended from Louisiana Ave. east to the Brooklyn-Queens border, to Flatlands Avenue. (CUNY) Thus, the WPA project in question improved what is now the stretch of Flatlands Avenue from E. 108th St. to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Source notes

National Archives RG 69: Records of the Work Projects Administration [WPA]; Project Files; New York City (E 407); box 684; roll 3642; Official Project No. 65-97-17.

http://www.steinway.lagcc.cuny.edu/FILES_DOC/Microfilms/05/021/0000/00001/052020/05.021.0000.00001.052020.10131956.PDF

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on September 4, 2014.

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Location Info


Flatlands Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

Coordinates: 40.651111, -73.890010

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