The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn


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Kenneth T. Jackson, General Editor; Introduction by Kenneth T. Jackson; John B. Manbeck, Consulting Editor

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Brooklyn—famed for its bridge, its long-departed Dodgers, its Botanic Garden, and its accent—is the most populous borough in New York City and arguably the most colorful. Its many neighborhoods boast diverse and shifting ethnic enclaves, an abundance of architectural styles, and an amazing number of churches and festivals. Generously illustrated with both historical and contemporary photographs, The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn is an indispensable and entertaining guide.

Begun as an offshoot of The Encyclopedia of New York City, which provides much of the historical background, the book takes its character from the neighborhoods themselves, as detailed by the Citizens Committee for New York City and Brooklyn Borough Historian John Manbeck. Taking us on a tour of some 90 neighborhoods (including ghost neighborhoods that no longer exist), the book identifies the boundaries of each one through a neighborhood profile and a street map. There is also an essay on each neighborhood as well as an insert with practical tips on subways, buses, libraries, police precincts, fire departments, and hospitals. In addition, each entry includes eclectic neighborhood facts: Erasmus Hall Academy, in Flatbush, boasts such famous graduates as Barbra Streisand and Bobby Fischer; during Poland’s 1990 elections, more than 5,000 absentee ballots were postmarked Greenpoint. The introduction by Kenneth T. Jackson gives an overview of Brooklyn, while an index allows readers to locate key sites within the borough.

In 1898, when it was the third largest city in the United States, the City of Brooklyn merged with New York City to become one of its five boroughs. A century later it is time to salute this unique community in a book that will be an essential resource for past, present, and future residents.

The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn is the first in a series on New York’s five boroughs.

A joint publication of Citizens for NYC and Yale University Press

The Citizens Committee for New York City has been active for more than two decades in providing information, skills, and funding to help New York’s citizens build and improve their neighborhoods. Kenneth T. Jackson is the Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences and chairman of the history department at Columbia University. He is the author or editor of many books, including The Encyclopedia of New York City, published by Yale University Press.

“New York’s most populous borough comes alive in The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn. . . . With photographs, maps, and fact-crammed descriptions of each neighborhood, this guide is a lively salute to Brooklyn. For the millions who have lived or now live in New York, and for the millions of others who long to, these books will be an essential and endlessly fascinating resource. . . . The most detailed and sparkling celebration of Brooklyn ever written.”—Brooklyn Park Slope Courier

"A gem of a book. . . . The perfect book for neighborhood explorers because it describes the origins and current demographics of over ninety neighborhoods in Brooklyn neatly arranged in alphabetical order from Bath Beach to Windsor Terrace with maps clearly showing the boundaries and the streets within."—Gerard Vasisko, Citizens Housing and Planning Council of New York, Book News

"Strikingly illustrated, well written and with clear maps, this is an excellent guide to the visual delights and the human landscape of our most complex borough."—Howard Kissel, Daily News

“Around here we call it the bible. . . . The book provides a detailed geographic and brief historical-sociological look at more than 90 Brooklyn neighborhoods and sub-neighborhoods, in alphabetical order. . . . You can find everything from the bus and subway lines that run through a neighborhood to the local police precinct. . . . An invaluable tool and an immensely enjoyable, entertaining read.”—Neil Sloane, Go Brooklyn

“This delightful tour of some 90 neighborhoods in 180 pictures boasts about denizens as diverse as Barbra Streisand and Bobby Fischer.”—Digby Diehl, Modern Maturity

"The big folio "Encyclopedia of New York City" that [Jackson] edited in 1995 has become an instant classic. . . . The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn continues the project of a pro-urban history, this time by detailing in charming and highly accessible form the facts about a city that works."—William R. Everdell, New York Times Book Review

"This first volume of a projected five-borough series indexes the ninety neighborhoods of the onetime Dutch possession of Breuckelen. Filled with maps, street-corner photographs, history, and local lore. As with the place itself, there are surprising rewards to getting lost here."—New Yorker

ISBN: 9780300103106
Publication Date: July 11, 2004
Publishing Partner: A joint publication of Citizens for NYC and Yale University Press
312 pages, 8.5 x 10
80 b/w + 45 color illus.
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