The neighborhood of Dutch Kills named for the narrow tributary of Newtown Creek that runs into its southern reaches. It was the site of a British garrison during the Revolutionary War. Dutch Kills, bordered by Hunters Point on its south, Blissville on its southeast and Queensbridge and Ravenswood on the north, is generally on the immediate north and south sides of Queens Plaza. Walk its streets, and several surprising remnants of an older Queens turn up — or used to, since we lose more of it with each passing week.
As with most NYC locales, history is preserved accidentally. An old “Cafeteria” sign peeked out on Bridge Plaza South after an awning was removed (easily photographed from the staircase going to the el train). The building has since been demolished.
At 27th Street (formerly Prospect Street) and 42nd Road (formerly Henry Street) an example of the old house numbering system can still be seen. All Queens house numbers have carried a hyphen since the 1920s.