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Brooklyn by Name: How the Neighborhoods, Streets, Parks, Bridges and More Got Their Names Paperback – July 1, 2006
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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
“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.”
“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.”
“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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Some of the entries are overly pedantic. For instance: "Like neighboring Neptune Avenue, Mermaid Avenue suggests the fantastical, otherwordly seaside excitement of Coney Island." Duh! At least the auhors assume we can figure out "Surf Avenue" on our own. At the same time, some figures, like Lady Deborah Moody, who founded Gravesend as a utopian community, get short shrift.
Given its range and accuracy, however, I'd call it an indispensable guide.
This is the Brooklyn of my youth and the one I want to remember.
I'll share this book along with my memories with my children of how it was in 'the good old days'.
Even if you never lived here or visited Brooklyn this book lets you see its history and charm like it really was. It's not only a tour of its many sections but also a peek into the heart of it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I grew up in Brooklyn and fully enjoyed the history lesson.Published 10 months ago by Margaret M Cornish
Great coffee table book. Excellent gift for anyone who has moved to NY.Published 12 months ago by Trigger
How many people know that Brooklyn is part of Long Island? You could look it up.Published 16 months ago by CON MAC GILL
Perfect read for anyone having grown up in. Brooklyn. Already gave it as a birthday gift and have it on my list if gifts fir Christmas.Published 20 months ago by diana sayegh