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Guide to Development

287 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 875-6690 Fax (718) 875-7924

Street Boundaries
Myrtle Avenue/Park Avenue
Carlton Avenue/Edward Street
Subway Lines
A, C, F to Jay Street and Borough Hall – walk
towards Tillary – make a right on Tillary – walk to
Flatbush Avenue – make a right – walk 1 block to Myrtle – make
a left – walk 2 blocks to the development
D, N, Q<>, Q, R to Dekalb Avenue – walk towards Ashland Place – make
a left – walk 3 blocks to Myrtle Avenue
Bus Lines
B54 to Myrtle Avenue
B57 to Flushing Avenue
B61 to Park Avenue

NAMED AFTER: WALT WHITMAN (1819-1892) – One of the greatest American poets, he worked as a printer, teacher and editor of the Brooklyn Eagle. In 1855 he published "Leaves of Grass," the volume that was to make his reputation. His innovation in using rhythmical free verse and its celebration of sexuality, the book eventually proved to be the most influential volume of poems in American literary history. Whitman is best remembered for his celebration of individual freedom and dignity, democracy and human brotherhood. He worked as a nurse during the Civil War, publishing war poetry in "Drum-Taps" and "Sequel to Drum-Taps." Whitman Houses is in Brooklyn.>
Walt Whitman Houses in Brooklyn consists of 15 buildings, 6 and 13-stories tall with 1,636 apartments housing about 4,276 people. Completed February 24, 1944, the 18.44-acre complex is bordered by St. Edward's Street, Park, Carlton and Myrtle Avenues.