Highland Place Originally part of the Gilliam Schenck Farm.
|Jamaica Avenue and Highland Place|
These early views show the corner before it was cleared to build the YMCA. The house on the corner belonged to John Eldert, seen in this 1923 image. The postcard on the right dates from 1915 and was sent in by longtime ENY collector Ike IIkiw.
|Jamaica and Highland Place|
The 1939 tax photo shows a gas station that was there into the 1960's. Joan Matiez recalls a Joe Koslak used to run it. I asked my cousin if he recalled the station and he answered with the story below. The Y eventually took that space to add an outdoor play area. It is now a parking lot. The house behind the station, 18 Highland Place eventually disappeared and Larry Rickert helped us with that story. Thanks to Neil for 2006 view.
|YMCA Yard, Highland Place 1975|
My cousin John Cornell came through with a shot of the corner after the YMCA had made it a part of the facility. John recalls this was a last ditch effort to bring together people in the neighborhood as it crumbled in the 70s. I attempted to line up a 2007 update shot.
I wonder how many people recall there was once plans to build an expressway to help connect Manhattan from the Williamsburg Bridge to the Belt Parkway. The chosen route in 1963 would have cut through Highland Park and come through this intersection, heading down Force Tube to Conduit Avenues. Lindsay fought the route and Rockefeller killed it in the early 70s as New York's finances reeled. For more details visit the New York City Roads site.
|Mike Abney sends in this shot of his mother looking north up Highland Place in 1979.|
|Ridgewood and Highland Place|
I lined up a picture from the 1966 Anniversary Day parade with a 2007 shot.
|Ridgewood Avenue and Highland Place, March 12, 1966|
The first view is east along Ridgewood Avenue across Highland Place. The close-up is by the southwest corner.
|The view is south down Highland Place from Ridgewood Avenue. The El on Fulton Street is visible in the distance.|
|44 Highland Place|
Mediocre 1939 tax photo image, thanks to Neil for 2006 shot.
| 48 Highland Place|
Mediocre 1939 tax photo image, thanks again to Neil for the 2006 view.
| 105 Highland Place, 1941|
The July 22, 1965 edition of the Record reported that St. Peter's Church had demolished 105 Highland Place to make way for their new church. The house was purchased from the Swezay family and the 1965 article reported the house was over 90 years old. The house is seen here in the 1941 tax photo and I snapped a shot of St. Peters in 2009. For more on the original St. Peter's church building which is still standing, visit the Hale Avenue page.
Dominick Mondelli gets huge credit for perseverance, contacting the White Castle Corporation to track down a photo of the original White Castle which sat on Highland Place and Atlantic. White Castle Corporation confirmed it opened April 26, 1958. Neil Sullivan supplied the 2006 view of the newer building which was built on the original parking lot so technically is on Shepherd Ave.It opened December 23, 1987. My father recalls it was rebuilt to accommodate a drive-thru. Thanks to Rod Maggio for tracking down the opening info and adding a story.
|Highland Place and Atlantic Avenue, 1966|
Looking west toward Highland Place, White Castle is visible on the right.
Dominick Mondelli also came through with a Carvel pic, from the 1980s. Neil Sullivan supplied a 2006 view of the location, now hosting a Dunkin' Donuts.