Anonymous has left the following comment on the post "When A Section Of President Street Was Secor Place And Carroll Street Was Carroll Place":
Katia, I've been trying for the longest time to determine how/when Secor Place became President Street. And yes, it was a private, gated street with many professional living there (doctors, lawyers, professors, etc.) In fact, Secor Place is named on some documentation I have for my house (it might actually be the deed or perhaps some landmarks document, I don't recall right now). I've surfed the web and various sites but didn't come up with anything substantive except for some newspaper stories back in the late 1800's about a Brooklyn family named Secor. There was a Mr. Secor (forget his first name) who was a successful attorney with a very young wife who was quite the flirt. Try as he might to control her and preserve his reputation, Mr. Secor -- apparently quite a number of years senior to this young, scandalous wife of his -- became depressed, eventually lost his law practice and committed suicide. How about that for a soap opera? I continued to come up against brick walls for more details on the Secors and Secor Place, but at the very least, it seems that they were quite a colorful lot for their time.
Sunday, March 20, 2011