Photos courtesy the Museum of the City of New York
Museum of the City of New York has the full story up on how trolleys in the 1890's spurred the development of these entertainment meccas that were at the outskirts of the city. Everything was profitable for over a decade but then business ended up souring a bit which did not help out the local economy.
Neighbors then wanted no part of the establishments which ended up just bringing in random drunk revelers and noise but a mysterious fire in 1913 would shut things down permanently. All of the land involved in the grand venture would eventually be absorbed into High Bridge Park and uptowners would eventually have to go to Brooklyn to seek such adventures. More photos and history on High Bridge Park can be found on the MCNY site: LINK