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Brooklyn By Name [Kindle Edition]

Leonard Benardo , Jennifer Weiss
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Book Description

Brooklyn's historic names are emblems of American culture and history. Uncovering the remarkable stories behind the landmarks, Brooklyn By Name takes readers on a stroll through the streets and places of this thriving metropolis to reveal the borough's textured past. Listing more than 500 of Brooklyn's most prominent place names, organized alphabetically by region, and richly illustrated with photographs and current maps the book captures the diverse threads of American history. We learn about the Canarsie Indians, the region's first settlers, whose language survives in daily traffic reports about the Gowanus Expressway. The arrival of the Dutch West India Company in 1620 brought the first wave of European names, from Boswijck (town in the woods,  later Bushwick) to Bedford-Stuyvesant, after the controversial administrator of the Dutch colony, to numerous places named after prominent Dutch families like the Bergens.The English takeover of the area in 1664 led to the Anglicization of Dutch names, (vlackebos, meaning ;wooded plain,  became Flatbush) and the introduction of distinctively English names (Kensington, Brighton Beach). A century later the American Revolution swept away most Tory monikers, replacing them with signers of the Declaration of Independence and international figures who supported the revolution such as Lafayette (France), De Kalb (Germany), and Kosciuszko (Poland). We learn too of the dark corners of Brooklyns past, encountering over 70 streets named for prominent slaveholders like Lefferts and Lott but none for its most famous abolitionist, Walt Whitman.From the earliest settlements to recent commemorations such as Malcolm X Boulevard, Brooklyn By Name  tells the tales of the poets, philosophers, baseball heroes, diplomats, warriors, and saints who have left their imprint on this polyethnic borough that was once almost disastrously renamed  New York East. Ideal for all Brooklynites, newcomers, and visitors, this book includes:Over 500 entries explaining the colorful history of Brooklyn's most prominent place names Over 100 vivid photographs of Brooklyn past and present 9 easy to follow and up-to-date maps of the neighborhoods Informative sidebars covering topics like Ebbets Field, Lindsay Triangle, and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge Covers all neighborhoods, easily find the street you're on Fascinating morsels of Brooklyn history. An entertaining, breezy compilation for the NYU Press, perfect for reading down at Coney, up on tar beach, or out on your shady front stoop this summer. So if you wanna know how Dead Horse Bay, Sheepshead Bay, Floyd Bennett Field, Smith St. Carroll Gardens, Junior's Restaurant, Green Wood Cemetery, Gilmore Court or the Riegelmann Boardwalk got their names, grab a copy of Brooklyn by Name New York Daily News Information is well presented and well illustrated both factors making this guide easy on the eye. Hardly a location is left unexplored in this fascinating, indispensable guide to a borough undeservedly in Manhattan's shadow. Booklist; Witty, occasionally irreverent and always engaging, Brooklyn by Name takes readers from the six independent towns that once comprised Breuckelen to the modern metropolis. Weiss and Benardo have uncovered surprising data and have woven a compulsively readable narrative. Pick it up, rifle through, and find out about or be reminded of the underpinnings of our borough's heritage. The Brooklyn Rail This book is an essential companion for anyone teaching about Brooklyn, for anyone writing about the borough, and for tour guide people. Benardo and Weiss have to be pleased with their product, and clearly should be congratulated. 



Editorial Reviews

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“Fascinating morsels of Brooklyn history. . . . An entertaining, breezy compilation for the NYU Press, perfect for reading down at Coney, up on tar beach, or out on your shady front stoop this summer. . . . So if you wanna know how Dead Horse Bay, Sheepshead Bay, Floyd Bennett Field, Smith St. Carroll Gardens, Junior’s Restaurant, Green-Wood Cemetery, Gilmore Court or the Riegelmann Boardwalk got their names, grab a copy of Brooklyn by Name.”
-New York Daily News

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“Information is well presented and well illustrated—both factors making this guide easy on the eye. Hardly a location is left unexplored in this fascinating, indispensable guide to a borough undeservedly in Manhattan's shadow.”
-Booklist

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“Witty, occasionally irreverent and always engaging, Brooklyn by Name takes readers from the six independent towns that once comprised Breuckelen to the modern metropolis. Weiss and Benardo have uncovered surprising data and have woven a compulsively readable narrative. Pick it up, rifle through, and find out about—or be reminded of—the underpinnings of our borough's heritage.”
-The Brooklyn Rail

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“This book is an essential companion for anyone teaching about Brooklyn, for anyone writing about the borough, and for tour guide people. Benardo and Weiss have to be pleased with their product, and clearly should be congratulated.”
-Brooklyn Daily Eagle

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“Brooklyn streets, parks and sites are dripping with history, and husband-and-wife team Leonard Benardo and Jennifer Weiss have hung them all out to dry in their dictionary of street smarts, Brooklyn By Name.
-Brooklyn Papers

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About the Author

Leonard Benardo is a former weekly columnist for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.



Jennifer Weiss has written for New York Newsday and The Washington Post and is co-editor of Eldercare in New York: A Consumer's Guide to Long-Term Health Care. The authors live together in Brooklyn.


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  • File Size: 3490 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1T4BO
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive snippets of Brooklyn history July 15, 2006
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Brooklynites, did you know Empire Boulevard was originally Malbone Street, but was renamed after a devastating 1918 Brighton Beach Line train accident there that killed more than 90 people? Did you know that parts of DeGraw St. in Park Slope were renamed Lincoln Place in 1873 because a famous murder there had caused the street name to be tainted by association? This book is full of amazing name origins like these. It opened my eyes to the tumultuous history of my city and the remnants that are everywhere, once you know where to look. Get this book and impress your smartalecky Brooklyn friends with your obscure wisdom!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Names make a city more alive September 19, 2006
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Brooklyn has several patterns of street numbering, but streets that carry names of people add the presence of those folk, yes, even if the named are deceased! Congratulations to authors Leonard Benardo and Jennifer Weiss for the scholarship and style that went into this handy, fascinating book of Brooklyn neighborhoods and names. A few years ago, when a friend inquired about Maujer Street, Williamsburg, where she grew up, I inquired at the nearby branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. We learned he was a local alderman, but the informative source was only a few typed pages of Brookyn street names. "Brooklyn by Name" has come to the rescue. I believe it is the first book published on this topic. Arranged geographically into eight chapters, it is aided by well-selected and helpful photos. The authors introduce the history of the region, then explain the street names alphabetically. The book's index is complete, not limited to street names, but including famous Brooklynites mentioned in the volume. As for The Bronx, James McNamara spent his lifetime compiling and revising his "History in Asphalt." Two books have been published about Manhattan stret names. As far as I know, no author has published a guide of Queens street names nor those of Staten Island. "Brooklyn by Name" is a model of the genre.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Unputdownable"! July 14, 2006
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I thought I would leaf through a few pages and that would be enough. Was I wrong! I literally could not stop reading this marvelous work. It is immensely readable, beautifully written and funny, to boot.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat August 10, 2006
By M. Palm
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This is a wonderfully enjoyable read: informative, witty, original. And I'm not even from New York!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The City Across The River October 30, 2007
By Konrei
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Overall, BROOKLYN BY NAME is a fascinating concordance, providing capsule descriptions and interesting factoids about hundreds of streets and sites in my home town.

Having been six separate cities, then one unified city, and then a borough of New York City, Brooklyn has a rich and varied history. Its numerous neighborhoods each have their own distinct personalities as befits an amalgam of small clustered villages, which, much like London, is what they were and still are, and BROOKLYN BY NAME confirms this.

On the down side, the book simply does not have enough photographs. Nor does it do a particularly good job of discussing the histories of the six original cities of Kings County, why they amalgamated, and why they amalgamated the way they amalgamated. The authors admit that the book is not exhaustive, and there are some odd deficiencies; an entire section of Canarsie is missing, both from the maps and the listings. The often-odd names of the islands in Jamaica Bay (technically in Queens) are not mentioned, Canarsie Pol among them.

It really is a case of the forest for the trees. Although our Brooklyn walking tour-in-print divides the borough into workable sections and lists street after street, personage after personage, and building after building, "Brooklyn" the fourth largest city in America almost but not quite gets lost among all the details. Although this is a reference guide, not a social history, a little on the unique Brooklyn sense of self (nobody's ever proud of being from Staten Island, but Brooklyn is a different story), would have made a nice finishing touch to the book. Somewhat expanded entries (they should have been further expanded) on such topics as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Dodgers do give us some sense of a unifying thread.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Kevin
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Wonderfully informative and interesting book for anyone from Brooklyn or interested in the great borough.
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