Brooklyn By Name: How the Neighborhoods, Streets, Parks, Bridges, and More Got Their Names

Brooklyn By Name: How the Neighborhoods, Streets, Parks, Bridges, and More Got Their Names

by Leonard Benardo, Jennifer Weiss
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814799450

ISBN-13: 9780814799451

Pub. Date: 07/01/2006

Publisher: New York University Press

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From Bedford-Stuyvesant to Williamsburg, Brooklyn's historic names are emblems of American culture and history. Uncovering the remarkable stories behind the landmarks, Brooklyn By Name takes readers on a stroll through the streets and places of this thriving metropolis to reveal the borough’

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Visit the blog for the book at www.brooklynbyname.com

From Bedford-Stuyvesant to Williamsburg, Brooklyn's historic names are emblems of American culture and history. Uncovering the remarkable stories behind the landmarks, Brooklyn By Name takes readers on a stroll through the streets and places of this thriving metropolis to reveal the borough’s textured past.

Listing more than 500 of Brooklyn’s most prominent place names, organized alphabetically by region, and richly illustrated with photographs and current maps the book captures the diverse threads of American history. We learn about the Canarsie Indians, the region's first settlers, whose language survives in daily traffic reports about the Gowanus Expressway. The arrival of the Dutch West India Company in 1620 brought the first wave of European names, from Boswijck (“town in the woods,” later Bushwick) to Bedford-Stuyvesant, after the controversial administrator of the Dutch colony, to numerous places named after prominent Dutch families like the Bergens.

The English takeover of the area in 1664 led to the Anglicization of Dutch names, (vlackebos, meaning “wooded plain,” became Flatbush) and the introduction of distinctively English names (Kensington, Brighton Beach). A century later the American Revolution swept away most Tory monikers, replacing them with signers of the Declaration of Independence and international figures who supported the revolution such as Lafayette (France), De Kalb (Germany), and Kosciuszko (Poland). We learn too of the dark corners of Brooklyn“s past, encountering over 70 streets named for prominent slaveholders like Lefferts and Lott but none for its most famous abolitionist, Walt Whitman.

From the earliest settlements to recent commemorations such as Malcolm X Boulevard, Brooklyn By Name tells the tales of the poets, philosophers, baseball heroes, diplomats, warriors, and saints who have left their imprint on this polyethnic borough that was once almost disastrously renamed “New York East.”

Ideal for all Brooklynites, newcomers, and visitors, this book includes:

*Over 500 entries explaining the colorful history of Brooklyn's most prominent place names

*Over 100 vivid photographs of Brooklyn past and present

*9 easy to follow and up-to-date maps of the neighborhoods

*Informative sidebars covering topics like Ebbets Field, Lindsay Triangle, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

*Covers all neighborhoods, easily find the street you're on

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814799451
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2006
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

1Northern Brooklyn : Bushwick, Greenpoint, Williamsburg6
2Downtown Brooklyn : Brooklyn Heights, Downtown-City Center, DUMBO, Fulton Ferry, Vinegar Hill32
3South Brooklyn : Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Park, Red Hook, Sunset Park53
4North-Central Brooklyn : Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights76
5South-Central Brooklyn : Borough Park, Ditmas Park, Flatbush, Kensington, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Park South, Windsor Terrace98
6Eastern Brooklyn : Brownsville, Canarsie, Cypress Hills, East New York, New Lots117
7Southwest Brooklyn : Bath Beach, Bay Ridge - Fort Hamilton, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights135
8Southeastern and Southern Brooklyn : Bergen Beach, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Flatlands, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, Manhattan Beach, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Sheepshead Bay152

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