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

By Leonard Benardo

Stopover at the web publication for the e-book at www.brooklynbyname.comFrom Bedford-Stuyvesant to Williamsburg, Brooklyn's historical names are logos of yank tradition and historical past. Uncovering the extraordinary tales in the back of the landmarks, Brooklyn via 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 such a lot sought after position names, geared up alphabetically via zone, and richly illustrated with pictures and present maps the e-book captures the varied threads of yankee background. We know about the Canarsie Indians, the region's first settlers, whose language survives in day-by-day site visitors experiences in regards to the Gowanus throughway. the arriving 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 arguable administrator of the Dutch colony, to various areas named after in demand Dutch households just like the Bergens.The English takeover of the realm in 1664 ended in the Anglicization of Dutch names, (vlackebos, that means “wooded plain,” turned Flatbush) and the creation of distinctively English names (Kensington, Brighton Beach). A century later the yank Revolution swept away so much Tory monikers, changing them with signers of the statement of Independence and foreign figures who supported the revolution comparable to Lafayette (France), De Kalb (Germany), and Kosciuszko (Poland). We research too of the darkish corners of Brooklyn“s previous, encountering over 70 streets named for famous slaveholders like Lefferts and Lott yet none for its most renowned abolitionist, Walt Whitman.From the earliest settlements to fresh commemorations resembling Malcolm X street, Brooklyn through 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, newbies, and viewers, this ebook includes:*Over 500 entries explaining the colourful heritage of Brooklyn's so much sought after position names *Over a hundred bright photos of Brooklyn earlier and present*9 effortless to keep on with and updated maps of the neighborhoods *Informative sidebars protecting 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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Meeker (1820–1891), Williamsburg’s corporation counsel, drafted the charter for the newly independent city in 1851. He also helped establish the Williamsburgh Savings Bank that year and later became its president. Menahan Street Named for Patrick J. Menahan, whose corset manufacturing business existed here in the early 1880s, when the street was still called Ralph Street. Meserole Avenue/Meserole Street The Meseroles were one of Greenpoint’s original five families. Having arrived from France in 1663, Jan Meserole (d.

Withers married the daughter of David Dunham (see entry in this chapter). ) Wythe Avenue/Wythe Place Eminent Virginian lawyer and teacher George Wythe (1726–1806) lived in Williamsburg (Virginia) and was a tutor of Thomas Jefferson. Wythe was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and upon the war’s conclusion became a professor of law at the College of William and Mary. Wythe was still active at the age of eighty-one, when he was poisoned with arsenic-laced coffee by, most suspect, his grandnephew.

The Monitor eventually sank off the North Carolina coast in December 1862 and was located only in 1973. Monsignor McGolrick Park Originally Winthrop Park, it was renamed in 1941 for Monsignor Edward J. McGolrick (1857–1938), pastor of St. Cecilia’s Church on Herbert Street. Appointed in November 1888 by John Loughlin, Brooklyn’s first bishop, McGolrick presided over a dramatic increase in the wealth and resources of the church. Moore Street Thomas C. Moore was a local Williamsburg manufacturer of netting and wire sieves.

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