March 7, 2017

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

By Leonard Benardo

Stopover at the weblog for the e-book at www.brooklynbyname.comFrom Bedford-Stuyvesant to Williamsburg, Brooklyn's old names are logos of yank tradition and background. Uncovering the notable tales at the back of the landmarks, Brooklyn by way of identify takes readers on a walk in the course of the streets and areas of this thriving city to bare the borough’s textured past.Listing greater than 500 of Brooklyn’s so much admired position names, equipped alphabetically through sector, and richly illustrated with photos and present maps the e-book captures the various threads of yankee historical past. We find out about the Canarsie Indians, the region's first settlers, whose language survives in day-by-day site visitors experiences in regards to the Gowanus limited-access highway. 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 varied areas named after well known 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, changing them with signers of the announcement of Independence and overseas figures who supported the revolution comparable to Lafayette (France), De Kalb (Germany), and Kosciuszko (Poland). We study too of the darkish corners of Brooklyn“s prior, 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 contemporary commemorations similar to Malcolm X side road, Brooklyn by way of 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, rookies, and viewers, this booklet includes:*Over 500 entries explaining the colourful heritage of Brooklyn's such a lot widespread position names *Over a hundred vibrant images of Brooklyn earlier and present*9 effortless to keep on with and updated maps of the neighborhoods *Informative sidebars masking themes like Ebbets box, Lindsay Triangle, and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge*Covers all neighborhoods, simply locate the road you are on

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Lee Avenue This avenue honors two fraternal Virginia signers of the Declaration of Independence: Richard Henry Lee (1732 – 1794) and Francis Lightfoot Lee (1734 – 1797). ” Six years later, the brothers denounced the Stamp Act and threatened colonists who honored it in one of the first significant acts of sedition against the king. Lee Avenue is today Williamsburg’s central Hasidic commercial artery. Leonard Street Possibly named for John Leonard, a commissioner assigned with laying out streets in Bushwick after the town’s partial 1835 annexation to Williamsburg.

Wilson Street A leading constitutional lawyer raised in Scotland, James Wilson (1742–1798) was key to breaking Pennsylvania’s deadlock at the Second Continental Congress and to getting state approval of the Declaration of Independence. 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.

Outside of Henry Ward Beecher’s, McCarren’s funeral was the most significant (of its time) in Brooklyn. McGuinness Boulevard Greenpoint Democratic leader Peter J. McGuinness (1888–1948) was often called the “First Citizen of Greenpoint” and was a tireless advocate of what he saw as the beauties of the neighborhood. ” He began his political career as an alderman, during which time he proposed a city ordinance to ban women from smoking in public (it failed). He later took on the reins of party boss and testified in the celebrated Seabury investigation, which led to Mayor Jimmy Walker’s resignation in 1932.

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