Home

Of Brooklyn

Brooklyn Timeline

1524 - Giovanni Da Verrazano sails into New York Harbor, discovering the land that would later become Brooklyn.

1642 - The Town of Breuckelen (the spelling used by its Dutch settlers) is chartered by the Dutch West India Company.

1652 - The Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House, the oldest house in New York State, built.

1654 - Brooklyn's first church, Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church, was founded, by order of Peter Stuyvesant.

1658 - Erasmus Hall, the first public school in America, opens.

1776 - During the Revolutionary War, The Battle of Brooklyn was fought for three days in the areas Chat today are Prospect Park, Park Slope, Bay Ridge and Fort Greene. George Washington retreats and the British occupation of Brooklyn begins.

1814 - Brooklyn-New York steam ferry service begins; continues until 1924.

1834 - The Town of Brooklyn annexing the surrounding five towns of New Antersfoort (Flatlands), Midwout (Flatbush), New Utrecht, Boswick (Bushwick) and Gravesend.

1841 - The Brooklyn Eagle Newspaper begins publication; Walt Whitman serves as editor from 1846-1848.

1848 - Brooklyn City Hall, today's Brooklyn Borough Hall, opens.

1858 - Baseball gets its first real start. The National Association of Baseball Players is formed.

1862 - The iron-clad Civil War ship Monitor is launched at Greenpoint and later outfitted at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Built in only 101 days.

1867 - Prospect Park, designed by Central Park design team Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, opens.

E 1868 - Eastern Parkway was completed. Designed by Frederick-Law
P Olmstead'and Calvert Vaux, it was the world's first
C six-lane parkway.

2~ 1874 - The frankfurter is born in Coney Island by Charles Feltman and
.bd later nick-named the "hot dog" by the press in 1906.
0
0 1883 - Opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, designed by John Roebling,
a- provided the first link between Brooklyn and Manhattan. During
its 13 year construction, 27 men died including its designer.

1892 - The Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch in Grand Army Plaza,
designed by John H. Duncan, architect of Grant's Tomb
was dedicated.

1897 - Brooklyn Public Library is established.

- The Brooklyn Museum of Art opens.

- Steeplechase Park opens in Coney Island, followed by Luna Park
(1903-44) and Dreamland (1904-11). Steeplechase Park bums
down; new park opens in 1908 and closes in 1964.

1898 - Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island (Richmond) join
with Manhattan to become New York City.

1899 - The Brooklyn Children's Museum opens.

1911 - Brooklyn Botanic Garden opens.

1913 - Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, opens.

1950 - Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opens after 9 years of construction. The
only underwater connection between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

1964 - The Verrazano Bridge opens connecting Brooklyn and Staten
Island. Still one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.

1998 - Brooklyn's first new hotel in more than 60 years, the New
York Marriott Brooklyn, opens in downtown.

2001 - Baseball returns to Brooklyn when the Brooklyn Cyclones play
first game at KeySpan Park.

 

A Little Bit of History

The original Brooklynites were the Canarsee Indians who lived here 500 years before the first Dutch traders arrived in the 1620s. The first European to see Brooklyn was Giovanni da Verrazano in 1524 and the first to land on its shores were Henry Hudson's sailors in 1609. From the 1630s through the 1660s, the Dutch and the Walloons established five settlements: Breukelen, Midwout, Nieuw Amersfort, Nieuw Utrecht and Boswyck.

In addition, the English had settled in Gravesend-the only colonial American town founded by a woman, Lady Deborah Moody.

By 1860, Brooklyn had anglicized its name and had become an industrial center and the third larges city in the United States.

The City of Brooklyn hungrily annexed towns until it reached its present size. However, in 1898 Brooklyn's destiny was changed when it merged with the City of New York and became a Borough.

Today, Brooklyn is New York City's most populous borough-home to over 2.3 million people. Our diverse neighborhoods boast charming 19th-cenury brownstones, turn-of-the-century mansions, a "United Nations" of people, world-class arts institutions, and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline.