Lorimer Street runs north/south through East Williamsburg (the former 16th Ward) from Broadway to Driggs Avenue. North of Driggs, the street continues to the northwest, terminating at Noble Street. South of Broadway, the street continues to the southwest; this section of Lorimer Street was renamed from _____ Street. The original section of Lorimer Street through East Williamsburg was mapped as part of the expansion of the Village of Williamsburgh east of Union Avenue in 1835.
Lorimer Street is named for the maiden name of John and James Lorimer Graham's mother1. The Graham brothers are described as "two famous land-jobbers in ‘36"2, and were active in the development of the former 16th Ward.
- 1. Benardo, Leonard, and Jennifer Weiss. Brooklyn by Name. New York: New York University Press, 2006, 24.
- 2. Stiles, Henry R., ed. Civil, Political, Professional and Ecclesiastical History of the County of Kings and the City of Brooklyn from 1683 to 1884. New York, N.Y., United States: W.W. Munsell, 1884, 298.