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Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA

"Brooklyn, a city, seaport, and capital of Kings co, N.Y., at the W. and S.W. ends of Long Island, 146 miles S. of Albany, and 235 miles by rail N.E. from Washington. Lat. of the navy-yard, 40° 51' 30" N.; lon. 73° 59' 30" W. A strait called the East River, varying from one-half to one mile in width, and connecting Long Island Sound with the upper New York Bay, separates Brooklyn from New York City, while the navigable Newtown Creek separates it from Long Island City on the N. and N.E., The northern part of Brooklyn consists of the former city of Williamsburg and the town of Greenpoint, while recent additions (1894) in other directions have made the city coextensive with Kings county. In the west central part of the city is a debouchment of the East River known as Wallabout Bay, on the E. and S. shores of which is located the United States Navy Yard. The section known as “The Hill” extends from Myrtle Avenue, just S. of the Navy-Yard, to the confines of Prospect Park and Greenwood Cemetery. Here and on Columbia Heights, along the southern shore of the East River, are elegant mansions and handsome residences. South of the “Heights,” on New York Bay, skirting Buttermilk Channel, is South Brooklyn or Gowanus. Near the extreme southern end of the city, situated upon a high ridge and overlooking Gowanus Bay, New York Bay, New York City, and Brooklyn, with views of Jersey City, Greenville, and Staten Island, is the famed Greenwood Cemetery, containing about 400 acres; while on the same ridge is situated Prospect Park, covering 570 acres, the cost of which, including its adornments and the two magnificent boulevards connected with it, forming a continuous drive from the beach at Coney Island to East New York, has been nearly $12,000,000. In the latter annexed district is Ridge wood Reservoir, from which, principally, the city is sup plied with water. The suburbs of the city are filled with residences of surpassing elegance, surrounded by yards adorned with beautiful gardens and shrubbery.

Thirteen lines of steam ferry-boats connect the various sections of Brooklyn with New York, and other lines connect it with Jersey City. The East River Suspension Bridge, finished May 24, 1883, and designed to accommodate rail way-traffic as well as foot-passage and carriages, extends from Brooklyn to New York. This is next to the longest suspension bridge in the world, having a total length of 5987 feet, with a span of 1595 feet and a breadth of 85 feet. A suspension bridge connecting New York with Broadway, Brooklyn, is also in course of construction. Brooklyn is the terminus of branches of the main Long Island rail. way system, connecting it with Greenport and Sag Harbor and all the principal points on Long Island, while "Annex" boats transfer passengers to and from the trunk railroad lines at Jersey City and also connect with the Albany and Boston boats. Five steam railways and 2 electric roads connect it with Coney Island. The system of street and suburban railways is very extensive, including three systems of elevated roads, with five distinct lines. Freight cars are also brought to its docks and warehouses by floats and steam-tugs, great numbers of which are employed in this business...

Brooklyn was incorporated in the year 1646 by the authorities of New Amsterdam (New York City), and named Breukelen, from a town of the same name in the Netherlands (Holland). It was incorporated as a township, under its present name, in April, 1806, and as a city, with the same area, 6 miles long and 4 miles wide, in 1834. In 1855, Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and Bushwick were united under one government. In 1894 the city was made co extensive with Kings county. It ranks as the fourth in the United States in population.
The number of its inhabitants in 1810 was 4402; in 1820, 7175; in 1830, 15,396; in 1840, 36,233; in 1850, 96,838; in 1860, 266,661; in 1870,396,0.99; in 1880, 566,663; in 1890, 806,343. "

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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View from Cowanus Heights, Brooklyn
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by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1840

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Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

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Hotel Margaret, Brooklyn, New York

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The Cables, Brooklyn Bridge, New York

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Old Dutch Reform Church, Flatbush & Church Aves.

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Wallabout Market

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Shooting the Chutes, Coney Island, 1907

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Crowds on Beach at Half Moon Hotel, Coney Island, N.Y.


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Museum of Art

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Post Office

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View of Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint, 1912

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23rd Regiment Armory

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Coney Island Theatre Building
Surf and Stillwell Aves.
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Prospect Theatre, 9th St. and 5th Ave., Flatbush, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Sunset Park, Bay Bridge, 1935

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Borough Hall


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C. W. V. Model Gift Home of 1952
Bay 8th St. and Cropsey Ave.
Brooklyn, N.Y.
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History and News of Brooklyn, New York, USA

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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... 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
  • 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
  • News  1870 - January 3 - Construction begins on Brooklyn Bridge in New York; completed May 24, 1883
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    January 3, 1870
  • 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... Read MORE...

  • News  1882 - KINGS COUNTY ASYLUM FIRE. TWO INMATES PERISH.
    Flatbush, N. Y., Feb. 21. - The east wing of the Kings County Insane Asylum, at Flatbush, New York, was burned yesterday morning, and two of the... Read MORE...

  • 1883 - Brooklyn Bridge opens
  • News  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... 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... 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 ... 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 ... Read MORE...

  • 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... Read MORE...

  • 1898 - January 1 - Brooklyn merges with NY to form present City of NY
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  • News  1898 - The Greatest Suspension Bridge in the world
    is the Brooklyn Bridge, which also leads the world in the number of its daily passengers. Its length, including approaches is 5989 feet, the distance ... Read MORE...

  • 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... 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... 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... 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 ... Read MORE...

  • News  On October 16, 1916 Sanger opened a family planning and birth control clinic at 46 Amboy Street in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, the first of its kind in the United States.
    Nine days after the clinic opened, Sanger was arrested. www.wikipedia.org
    October 16, 1916
  • News  1918 - November 1 - 102 die in a NYC BMT subway derailment at Malbone Street Brooklyn
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    November 1, 1918
  • 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... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • 1955 - Brooklyn Dodgers won World Series

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