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Bushwick, Suydam House, and the mark of the Hessians

“The Town of Bushwick, having been swallowed up in the great city [of Brooklyn, in 1855], a nice functionary of the City Hall, on assuming charge of its Old Dutch Records, contemptuously thrust them into his waste-paper sacks and sent … Continue reading

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East New York: John Pitkin’s dream, realized

East New York was founded by John R. Pitkin in 1835. Although he was soon bankrupted in the Panic of 1837, his dream of a thriving community would eventually come to fruition. Continue reading

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Bed-Stuy: a very brief history

“Senator, we have been studied, examined, sympathized with, and planned for. What we need now is action.” – community leader to Senator Robert F. Kennedy, 1966 Bedford-Stuyvesant has a rich past, but most notable is its present: it’s one of … Continue reading

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Flatlands: the birthplace of Kings County

Flatlands was the first town to be founded in Kings County, in 1636 – ten full years before Breuckelen. Some of its historic buildings and sites are still around today. Continue reading

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The hell afloat: the atrocity of the HMS Jersey

Somebody asked me last night what my favorite discovery has been so far. My immediate answer (and I stand by it today) was the horrible story of the HMS¬†Jersey and of the other prison-ships during the Revolutionary War. I’ve been … Continue reading

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