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Brooklyn History

  • History of Fiske-Terrace/ Ditmas Park Area
    At the turn of the 20th century, a number of real estate developers purchased large tracts of farmland and woods near the sleepy market town of Flatbush, Brooklyn, and began to develop a suburban oasis affording wide lawns and spacious Victorian houses at a convenient distance from the City. The historic neighborhoods of Flatbush retain to a remarkable degree their integrity as early 20th-century suburban developments more than 100 years later.
  • Prospect Park
    The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after they completed Manhattan's Central Park.The original impetus to build Prospect Park stemmed from an April 18, 1859 act of the New York State Legislature, empowering a twelve-member commission to recommend sites for parks in the City of Brooklyn. During the American Revolution the Park was a site of the Battle of Long Island.
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Neighborhood
    The neighborhood name is an combination of the names of the Village of Bedford and the Stuyvesant Heights neighborhood. The name Stuyvesant derives from Peter Stuyvesant, the last governor of the colony of New Netherland.
  • Ansonia Clock Factory
    The Ansonia coops and condos have a long history in Park Slope originally purchased in 1877 by the Ansonia Clock Company.
  • Grand Army Plaza
    In 1926, the plaza, previously known as Prospect Park Plaza, was renamed Grand Army Plaza to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the foundation of the Grand Army of the Republic, a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army and other military services who served in the American Civil War.[1]