Tag Archives: Battle of Brooklyn

Comparing Brooklyn neighborhoods over time with Google’s Ngram Viewer

Using a cool Google tool to graph the mentions of Brooklyn neighborhoods over time. Continue reading

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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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FAQ: the history of Red Hook

Frequently-asked questions – and some detailed answers – on the history of Red Hook. 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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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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A food-filled tour of Sunset Park

On Friday, my friend Craig and I took a trip to Sunset Park. Craig’s mother and grandparents grew up in the area, and he lived there for a bit, so he was a very knowledgeable guide. I borrowed his roommate’s … Continue reading

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Clinton Hill: suburban retreat

How Clinton Hill transformed from an upper-crust hideaway to a middle-class neighborhood – and why the architecture is so varied. Continue reading

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