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

By Leonard Benardo

Stopover at the web publication for the ebook at www.brooklynbyname.comFrom Bedford-Stuyvesant to Williamsburg, Brooklyn's old names are logos of yankee tradition and historical past. Uncovering the striking tales at the back of the landmarks, Brooklyn through identify takes readers on a walk throughout the streets and areas of this thriving city to bare the borough’s textured past.Listing greater than 500 of Brooklyn’s so much favorite position names, equipped alphabetically by way of area, and richly illustrated with images and present maps the ebook captures the varied threads of yank heritage. We know about the Canarsie Indians, the region's first settlers, whose language survives in day-by-day site visitors stories concerning the Gowanus freeway. the coming of the Dutch West India corporation in 1620 introduced the 1st wave of eu names, from Boswijck (“town within the woods,” later Bushwick) to Bedford-Stuyvesant, after the debatable administrator of the Dutch colony, to varied areas named after well-liked Dutch households just like the Bergens.The English takeover of the realm in 1664 ended in the Anglicization of Dutch names, (vlackebos, which means “wooded plain,” turned Flatbush) and the creation of distinctively English names (Kensington, Brighton Beach). A century later the yankee Revolution swept away such a lot Tory monikers, exchanging them with signers of the assertion of Independence and overseas figures who supported the revolution equivalent to Lafayette (France), De Kalb (Germany), and Kosciuszko (Poland). We research too of the darkish corners of Brooklyn“s prior, encountering over 70 streets named for favourite slaveholders like Lefferts and Lott yet none for its most renowned abolitionist, Walt Whitman.From the earliest settlements to contemporary commemorations comparable to Malcolm X side road, Brooklyn via identify tells the stories of the poets, philosophers, baseball heroes, diplomats, warriors, and saints who've left their imprint in this polyethnic borough that was virtually disastrously renamed “New York East.”Ideal for all Brooklynites, novices, and viewers, this booklet includes:*Over 500 entries explaining the colourful heritage of Brooklyn's so much well-liked position names *Over a hundred brilliant pictures of Brooklyn previous and present*9 effortless to stick with and updated maps of the neighborhoods *Informative sidebars overlaying issues like Ebbets box, Lindsay Triangle, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge*Covers all neighborhoods, simply locate the road you are on

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After the war, he was appointed to Philadelphia’s Constitutional Convention and in 1789 became a justice of the Supreme Court. Despite his judicial prominence, Wilson was drawn to gambling and profiteering and in the 1790s became involved in an ill-founded scheme to recruit European immigrants to the West. To avoid debtors’ prison, he was forced, while remaining associate justice of the Supreme Court, to leave Philadelphia (then the nation’s capital) for Burlington, Vermont. Withers Street Originally from Virginia, Reuben Withers was the proprietor of the Houston Street Ferry.

In addition to his presidency at New York’s Metropolitan Hospital (on Blackwell Island, today Roosevelt Island), Guernsey was a founder of the Williamsburgh Daily Times (later Brooklyn Daily Times) and of the well-regarded monthly medical journal the New York Medical Times. He was a large man, often weighing in excess of four hundred pounds. Guernsey Street, taken from the corner of Norman Avenue, ca. 1992 norther n bro oklyn | 19 Harrison Avenue Born into a political family, Virginian Benjamin Harrison (1726–1791) held a variety of offices and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Duffield Street Dr. John Duffield of Pennsylvania was a surgeon during the Revolutionary War and later one of Brooklyn’s first physicians. Elizabeth Place Dating from the 1820s the street is possibly named for Elizabeth Cornell; the prominent Cornell family built “Four Chimneys,” later the large home of Hezekiah Pierrepont (see Columbia Heights entry in this chapter). George Washington briefly used the premises as his headquarters during the Battle of Brooklyn. Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park (New Dock Street at Water Street) Named for the postbellum warehouse complex (Empire Stores) that once stocked food items including coffee beans, grains, and sugar.

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