Portion of East Broadway Was Called Water Street

Historical photo showed Water Street from early 20th Century.

According to the historical archive on the Port Jefferson village website the section of East Broadway between East Main and Main streets used to be called Water Street.

Not hard to imagine why, what with the harbor right there and from one old photo taken by Arthur S. Greene it looks like the docks came right up to the street back then. Interestingly, on the other side of the Long Island Sound, the docks at 330 Water Street in Bridgeport.

When we and asked readers what it was called in modern day Port Jefferson we got correct answers on every front.

In the comments, was first correctly saying that Water Street was between the end of Main Street going east to East Main.

“I remember the Army/Navy Store & The Hotel there & the old F.F. Darling building across the way,” he wrote.

Ellen Coen Boehm said that she owned her correct guess to someone else.

“Thanks to Millie Michos I learned that Water Street was the name of East Broadway,” she wrote on Facebook. “My best guess is that the Children's Maritime Museum is the brick building on the left.”

On Twitter, Port Jefferson School Board member Bob Ramus also gave us the answer.

"Think its East Broadway," he tweeted.

Robert Kelly March 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM
I remember a tavern caller the Bucket of Blood. was it real , where was it and did it have a history. Thanks, Bob Kelly
Lon Cohen March 28, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I'll look into it. As I recall there were many taverns that had that nickname around a certain era, probably because they were rough and tumble kind of places.
Lon Cohen March 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM
You were right Bob. I found this on the PJ Historical Society website: "Bucket of Blood" 116 East Main Street. Like every seaport village, Port Jefferson had its gin mills, and this now quiet store was the site of the local "watering hole" during the shipbuilding days. The real name was the "Holbrau." It became Greg Grammas' Sweet Shop and Ice Cream Parlor during World War I then an antique store. Check out more historical places on the website: http://www.portjeffhistorical.org/pages/Tourone.html


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