|Title:||The Wallabout Market|
|Size:||20" x 57"|
|Provenance:||The Brooklyn College Library Collection. © Artist's Estate|
The Brooklyn College Library Collection. © Artist's Estate
In 1637, Joris Jansen de Rapelje, the father of the first European baby born in New York, purchased 335 acres of land in Brooklyn. In the late 1800s, part of this land became the Wallabout Market, an enormous wholesale market that sold produce from local farms. The market's buildings were Dutch-style two-story structures with stepped gables.
The market was demolished during World War II, when the U.S. government needed the land to expand the Brooklyn Navy Yard.