Brooklyn by Name: How the Neighborhoods, Streets, Parks, by Leonard Benardo

By Leonard Benardo

Stopover at the weblog for the e-book at www.brooklynbyname.comFrom Bedford-Stuyvesant to Williamsburg, Brooklyn's ancient names are trademarks of yankee tradition and heritage. Uncovering the outstanding tales at the back of the landmarks, Brooklyn by means of identify takes readers on a walk throughout the streets and locations of this thriving city to bare the borough’s textured past.Listing greater than 500 of Brooklyn’s so much sought after position names, geared up alphabetically by means of quarter, and richly illustrated with pictures and present maps the booklet captures the varied threads of yankee background. We find out about the Canarsie Indians, the region's first settlers, whose language survives in day-by-day site visitors stories in regards to the Gowanus limited-access highway. the arriving of the Dutch West India corporation in 1620 introduced the 1st wave of ecu names, from Boswijck (“town within the woods,” later Bushwick) to Bedford-Stuyvesant, after the debatable administrator of the Dutch colony, to various areas named after favorite Dutch households just like the Bergens.The English takeover of the realm in 1664 resulted in the Anglicization of Dutch names, (vlackebos, which means “wooded plain,” turned Flatbush) and the advent of distinctively English names (Kensington, Brighton Beach). A century later the yankee Revolution swept away such a lot Tory monikers, changing them with signers of the assertion of Independence and foreign figures who supported the revolution resembling Lafayette (France), De Kalb (Germany), and Kosciuszko (Poland). We study too of the darkish corners of Brooklyn“s previous, encountering over 70 streets named for well known slaveholders like Lefferts and Lott yet none for its most renowned abolitionist, Walt Whitman.From the earliest settlements to fresh commemorations similar to Malcolm X side road, Brooklyn by way of identify tells the stories of the poets, philosophers, baseball heroes, diplomats, warriors, and saints who've left their imprint in this polyethnic borough that used to be virtually disastrously renamed “New York East.”Ideal for all Brooklynites, novices, and viewers, this ebook includes:*Over 500 entries explaining the colourful background of Brooklyn's such a lot fashionable position names *Over a hundred vibrant images of Brooklyn earlier and present*9 effortless to stick to and updated maps of the neighborhoods *Informative sidebars protecting themes like Ebbets box, Lindsay Triangle, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge*Covers all neighborhoods, simply locate the road you are on

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Descendent Samuel Fleet (1786–1864), for whom the street is named, was the town’s postmaster, local librarian, and principal of Huntington Academy, and published Long Island’s first magazine, the Long Island Jour44 | d ow ntow n bro oklyn nal of Philosophy and Cabinet of Variety. A slaveholder, Fleet moved to Brooklyn and became wealthy through farming and property ownership. Fox Square (Fulton Street and Flatbush Avenue) Built by William Fox of Twentieth Century Fox in 1929, the former four-thousand-seat Fox Theater in the 1950s and 1960s became home to popular rock concerts emceed by Murray “the K” Kaufman.

1809–1882), a lawyer and alderman of the Fifteenth Ward. Maujer was born in Guernsey in the Channel Islands, came to the United States at the age of eighteen, and moved to Williamsburg in 1840. He was a long-term member of the Brooklyn Board of Education, including a period as its president. In 1859 Maujer was also one of the commissioners appointed to create a Brooklyn equivalent to New York’s Central Park. Prospect Park was the result of the commissioners’ negotiations. McCarren Park Born in East Cambridge, Massachusetts, and named for the Revolutionary patriot Patrick Henry, state senator Patrick Henry McCarren McCarren Park, ca.

At the end of the Revolutionary War the Hicks family’s land grew to cover a good portion of today’s Brooklyn Heights. High Street Purely descriptive, the street was so named because it was situated on a spot more elevated than adjacent Sands Street. Hunts Lane Probably named for John Hunt, who purchased land from the Pierreponts in 1842. S. Supreme Court, John Jay (1745–1829) was a delegate to both the First and Second ContiJohn Jay 46 | d ow ntow n bro oklyn nental Congresses. Though skeptical at first about independence from Britain, he became a key diplomatic figure during the Revolutionary period.

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