Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - View from Cowanus Heights, Brooklyn
American Scenery, 
by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1840
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA

View from Cowanus Heights, Brooklyn
American Scenery,
by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1840
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Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA

Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - Hotel Margaret, Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA

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Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA
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Where is Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA?  Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City's five boroughs, as well as the second-largest in area. Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, which is the most populous county in New York and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after New York County (Manhattan).

Brooklyn was an independent incorporated city (and previously an authorized village and town within the provisions of the New York State Constitution, until January 1, 1898 when, after a long political campaign and public relations battle during the 1890s, according to the new Municipal Charter of "Greater New York", Brooklyn was consolidated with the other cities, boroughs and counties to form the modern "City of New York" surrounding the Upper New York Bay with five constituent boroughs. It continues however to maintain a distinct culture, as befitting the former second or third largest city in America during the later 19th Century. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are ethnic enclaves where particular ethnic and nationality groups and cultures predominate... Wikipedia

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1845 - January 1 - The Cobble Hill Tunnel in Brooklyn is completed

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1859
BROOKLYN, the cap. of King's co., in the state of New York, U.S., 146 m. S of Albany, and 227 m. from Washington, in N lat. 40 41 50, W long 73 59 30. It is situated on the W end of Long Island, opposite New York, from which it is separated by the East river, a channel connecting the bay of New...Read MORE...


News  1868 - Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, N. Y., has 1,700 members; the First Church of Oberlin, Ohio, has 1,400 members -
the two largest Congregational churches in the country.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 25, 1868
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News  1869 - Laura Cresswell, a teacher in one of the Brooklyn public schools, was burned to death the other night, by the explosion of a kerosene lamp.


St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 3, 1869
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News  1870 - January 3 - Construction begins on Brooklyn Bridge in New York; completed May 24, 1883

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January 3, 1870
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News  1876 - THE HOLOCAUST. The Story as it Stood at Two O'clock This Afternoon. AN UNPRECEDENTED HORROR. EVERY HOUR ADDING TO THE LIST OF THE DEAD. THE CALAMITY NOT YET MEASURED.
A Hundred Bodies Recovered from the Ruins and a Hundred More Visible.
GENERAL FEATURES OF THE DISASTER.

Every hour since the fire in the theatre was extinguished has brought fresh and saddening evidence of the extent of the horror.

At first it was believed that few, if any, lives had been...Read MORE...


1883 - Brooklyn Bridge opens

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1883 - May 30 - Rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse caused a stampede that kills 12
AGONIZING !!!!!
Details of the Disaster on the Bridge.
Men and Women Crushed and Trampled to Death in the Blockade at New York Anchorage.

THE DEAD, THE INJURED AND THE MISSING.

How the Panic was Aided by a Gang of Ruffians - Scenes of Horror and Heartrending Cries for Help.

The Stairway...Read MORE...


News  1884 - MEETING WITH A CRASH. PROBABLE FATAL COLLISION ON THE CONEY ISLAND RAILROAD.
Brooklyn, July 15. - A collision occurred on the Brooklyn Bath and Coney Island railroad, near Greenwood cemetery, yesterday afternoon, by which several people were severely injured, some probably fatally. The engineer of a coal train, in endeavoring to reach the switch just outside the city limits ...Read MORE...


News  1884 - A SHOCK OF EARTHQUAKE Felt Over a Large Region – A Vibratory Motion from Washington to Maine
...The policemen on the Brooklyn bridge report that the shock was distinctly felt there, and the great towers at either end oscillated visibly, while the bridge itself rocked as if struck by a hurricane. The shock was felt generally along the river fronts, and the piers were shaken as if by a...Read MORE...


News  1888 - America for Americans
BROOKLYN, N. Y., Nov. 24 - "Deacon" Richardson has given notice that hereafter only American citizens, native or naturalized, will be employed on his street car lines as conductors or drivers.
The Daily City News
New Castle, Pennsylvania
November 24, 1888
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News  1897 - BRAVE POLICEMAN FARRELL Saves Lives of Passengers of a Brighton Beach Train at Risk of His Own. THWARTS TRAIN WRECKERS
Catches Five Boys Wedging Stones in an Opened Switch - Hampered by Two Prisoners, He Works as the Train Approached.

Policeman FARRELL of the Twenty-second Police Precinct, Brooklyn, working under great difficulties, saved the lives of many passengers of a Bright Beach Railroad train last night....Read MORE...


1898 - January 1 - Brooklyn merges with NY to form present City of NY

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1903 - December 19 - Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn & Manhattan

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News  1904 - DEATH IN ELEVATED WRECK
Three Fatalities and Many Injured in Brooklyn Collision.

Electric Train, Crowded with Passengers, Crashes Into Rear End of Stalled Locomotive and Cars.

Three were killed and many injured in a rear-end collision on the Kings County Eelevated [sic] Railroad in Brooklyn yesterday morning. The...Read MORE...


News  1904 - IMPALED ON WAGON SHAFT.
James Jones of No. 76 Oakland street, Brooklyn, was impaled yesterday afternoon on the shaft of an express wagon while he was riding on the running board of a Third avenue trolley car in Brooklyn.

The car had reached Twenty-fifth street and was going at high speed when the horse attached to the...Read MORE...


News  1904 - BOY CRUSHED UNDER CAR.
Pinioned under the forward truck of a trolley car in Wyckoff avenue, near Temple avenue, Brooklyn, last night, George Schroeder, eight years old of No. 406 Ralph street, pluckily directed the efforts of men who worked for nearly an hour to extricate him.

More than a score of men took hold of the ...Read MORE...


1916
Brooklyn, a former city of Kings co., N.Y., since Jan. 1, 1898, a borough of the city of New York, situated at the W. end of Long Island. Lat. of the navy-yard, 40° 41' 30" N. j Lon. 73° 59' 30" W. The borough is coextensive with Kings county. A strait called the East River, in its narrowest part...Read MORE...


News  1918 - November 1 - 102 die in a NYC BMT subway derailment at Malbone Street Brooklyn

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November 1, 1918
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News  1922 - BROOKLYN FACTORY FIRE TRAPS SCORES.
ONE MAN KILLED AND MANY SUFFER INJURIES.
GIRLS LEAP FROM FLAMES.
WOMEN IN LOFT SECTION CAUGHT WITH OUT WARNING AS FLAMES SPREAD THROUGH BUILDING.

New York. - One man was killed and more than a dozen persons were injured when a five-story factory building on South Thirteenth Street, in...Read MORE...


1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
... In Brooklyn, JOSEPH LAUZON, 55, street car motorman, was electrocuted when he stepped from his car and onto a live wire pulled down by a tree that had fallen on the tracks...

The Troy Record
Troy, New York
September 15, 1944
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1955 - Brooklyn Dodgers won World Series

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1663
Marten Ryerson (14 May 1638 - 1687) & Annetje Jorise Rapalje (8 February 1646 - 7 March 1681)
married 14 May 1663

1884
Charles Smith Parker (29 November 1853 - 1901) & Elizabeth Van Mater (28 November 1854 - 16 June 1931)
married 1884

1888
Frank Wood Haviland (15 May 1858 - 1894) & Mabel Stella Gerry (12 December 1859 - 21 October 1907)
married 31 October 1888
Michael T Hogan (29 January 1864 - 15 November 1943) & Mary Carragher (15 April 1859 - 26 April 1937)
married 1 April 1888

1914
Samuel Ethan Allen (10 January 1882 - 3 September 1950) & Eleanor May Theinert (16 May 1892 - 11 June 1955)
married 5 May 1914

1918
Richard Ferdinand Alence (6 June 1894 - 20 February 1949) & Beatrice Theinert (12 December 1893 - 31 October 1943)
married 17 July 1918
 




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