Gravesend, Brooklyn (Then and Now)

By Joseph Ditta

Completely settled in 1645, the farming city of Gravesend, big apple, used to be annexed to town (now borough) of Brooklyn, big apple, in 1894. Few reminders from Gravesend’s rural days live to tell the tale round the city panorama it has develop into. Even its newer previous is readily disappearing.

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Gravesend’s first tuition opened in 1728 on a website later taken via the city corridor on McDonald street. considering that 1838, its District No. 1 school—renamed P. S. ninety five while Brooklyn annexed Gravesend—has occupied the east part of Van Sicklen road, north of Gravesend Neck street. The 1888 schoolhouse within the c. 1910 photo stood contrary Lama courtroom. It survived beside the 1915 brick constitution (No. 345 Van Sicklen highway) till a 1939 addition to that construction pressured its demolition. even though no longer founders of Gravesend, the Van Sicklens arrived previous to many households. Ferdinando Van Sycklen (about 1635–1712) got land the following in 1669. His descendants lived alongside their eponymous highway into the twentieth century. one among their houses, a late-18th- or almost certainly early-19th-century farmhouse within the regular Dutch variety, proven the following round 1915, stood on the nook of Van Sicklen road and Village highway North until eventually 1929, while it used to be demolished for the schoolyard of P. S. ninety five. James Hubbard didn't identify the streets that shape the edges of Gravesend’s village sq. while he surveyed them within the 1640s. An 1850s public sale marketed estate on North highway close to West road, yet those labels weren't mounted. a few maps sign up for all 4 streets below the directionless identify Village highway. Today’s Village highway North, noticeable the following having a look east from Van Sicklen highway approximately 1910, was known as Ryder position considering that many Ryder kinfolk lived there. The Dutch-style Ryder–Van Cleef residence at 38 Village street North stood initially at No. 26, the place it used to be equipped round 1840 by means of Lawrence Ryder (1809–1863). the wedding of his daughter Maria to John S. Van Cleef gave the home its hyphenated identify. It used to be moved approximately a hundred ft east in 1930 while the town seized its lot for the P. S. ninety five schoolyard. the home at left within the 1922 photo, at 28 Village highway North, used to be demolished in 2004. The Culver Line increased, today’s F teach, first rumbled above McDonald road in 1919. approximately 12 years previous, the row of residences with ground-floor retailers at 2271–2281 went up at the northeast nook of Village street North. in the course of the Nineteen Twenties, John Van Kuyk’s bakery at 2273 McDonald road (second shop from left) catered to Gravesend’s Italians, who stopped in yearning espresso and buns after fasting for Sunday mass at SS. Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church. Cornelius and Mary (Van Sicklen) Suydam are seated a ways correct and much left during this c. 1910 photo in their domestic at ninety eight Village street North. They inherited the home from Mary’s widowed aunt, whose husband, Stephen J. Stillwell (1836–1882), most likely equipped it round 1857. The Suydams ran an off-the-cuff backyard nursery and every Sunday embellished the Gravesend Reformed Dutch Church with colourful blooms. Their condo used to be demolished approximately 1971 for the brick row numbered 6–14 Village highway East. Like Corso courtroom off Van Sicklen highway, Village Court—the cul-de-sac equipped approximately 1930 off Village highway South—also changed a Dutch farmhouse. The 1780 Williamson condominium used to be the center-piece of an enormous estate that stretched southeast to Ocean throughway and road Z.

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