Already in the 19th century, New Yorkers were not sure they wanted to live in the hustle of Wall street. Just across the East river, there was this beautiful place, close and far enough to offer peaceful and luxurious living, Brooklyn Heights.
Brooklyn had been inhabited centuries ago by the Native tribes, such as the Lenape. When the Dutch arrived, they settled in various little villages, one of which was named Breuckelen, and it gave the borough its final name. In the 19th century, as the closest piece of land to Wall street, it started being built with townhouses and mansions. The ferry service and the Navy Yard (located at present day DUMBO and Wallabout bay) quickly made Brooklyn part of New York.
Brooklyn Heights has been, since the beginning, a place to hide and a place to be. The barons of downtown Manhattan started building their beautiful houses there, and by the way, naming the streets after themselves. This gave us pretty much of the current local geography of the neighborhood, with Hicks, Pierrepont or Remsen streets. But in the north, you’ll find street names like Cranberry, Willow and Pineapple. That’s because an old lady living in the neighborhood thought this name posting was pretentious, so she managed to introduce some non-aristocratic names on the map. Namely, fruits. They still remain in place today.