“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.”
“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
“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
“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
“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.”
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.
This is a wonderfully enjoyable read: informative, witty, original.
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.
Using historical maps would have provided correct street names, such as Ewen Street, not Avenue.
How many people know that Brooklyn is part of Long Island? You could look it up.Published 3 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 7 months ago by diana sayegh
So many memories were relived. Some forgotten and some never known about. Lived on Ovington Ave. for years and never knew how it got its name. Read morePublished on December 22, 2008 by M Clark
Overall, this book is an acceptable read. The authors could have done their homework while researching the histories of a number of street names. Read morePublished on September 22, 2008 by J. R. Zrodlowski
This book has a lot of information but it lacks pictures. When you order a book like this you want to SEE the streets and the buildings. Read morePublished on October 29, 2007 by Karen P. Dejose