When I first started this series (https://bit.ly/2Utprv8) the main purpose was to seek out the meanings behind everyday occurrences in my life as well as within our cultural norms.
Only recently it dawned on me that I don’t know the meaning behind a commonly used term to describe my neighborhood. That term would be “The Junction”.
As I drove around the other day I noticed a sign that actually displayed this name. One that was appropriately all decked out for the holidays.
Naturally I had to do my research.
I am born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. Flatbush, more specifically. Both terms are words derived from the Dutch colonists who settled this territory back in 1651.
“The Junction” is the term used to describe the area that connects three of the largest avenues in Brooklyn: Flatbush Avenue, Nostrand Avenue, and Avenue H. This intersection is known as the gateway to the southern and eastern parts of the borough. Like any good intersection it is also known for the numerous methods of transportation that envelop it. For instance this location is the main transfer spot for both the 2 and the 5 trains, as well as six major bus lines.
Prior to the 1920s, Flatbush remained largely unconnected to the rest of Brooklyn because there was a lack of transportation. But then there was the arrival of trolley cars and back then “The Junction” was a transfer hub as well.
Over the last few years this area has seen a major revitalization take place. For starters, in 2009, a shopping center was developed known as “Triangle Junction”. It includes many stores and restaurants, most notably a Target which was the largest in America when it opened. At a whopping two hundred and twenty-five thousand square feet, there is surely something you need and want available for purchase.
Triangle Junction is the result of a public-private partnership with the City of New York and Triangle Equities. The equity company that remains in charge was selected by the NYC Economic Development Corporation to revitalize the area.
As a proud Brooklynite I am enjoining the outpouring of new and refurbished treasures that are nearby. They include, but are not limited to: Kings Theatre (https://bit.ly/2rrwrvC) and Doughnut Plant (https://bit.ly/2rMsL7f).
Now that you have this information, there is no excuse not to enjoy all that Brooklyn has to offer.
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