Recently, while reading Common Council minutes from early 1919, I came upon a passage that provides a virtual inventory of the area a hundred years ago, when it was no longer a bay but was mostly industrial. The following is quoted from the Council minutes for January 30, 1919:
Alderman Finnigan stated that there were several matters which he desired to bring to the attention of the Council, the first one being the location of the police signal box on South Front Street. He stated that this box was located at the N[ew] Y[ork] C[entral] R[ail] R[oad] Station and that as a result police officers never went further than the box. He believed that this box should be placed further south on South Front Street and in neighborhood of its intersection with Power Ave. There were business interests in that section, which received no police protection, such as the Railway Steel Spring Co., the N.Y.C. Freight House, Cement Company Storage House, the C. A. Van Deusen Storage House, Conway Bros. Coal Yard, and the Hudson Iron and Storage Company. He moved that it be the sense of the Common Council that the patrol box located at the N.Y.C.R.R. Station should be moved to a point about 200 yards South of the intersection of Power Avenue and South Front Street, and that a copy of the resolution to forwarded to the Police Commission.
The motion was unanimously adopted.For those who need it, this passage from the Common Council minutes is evidence the Power Avenue once extended from Third Street to South Front Street.
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