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Encyclopedia > Flatlands, Brooklyn

Flatlands is a neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. These are the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, one of five boroughs of New York City. ... A borough is a local government administrative subdivision used in the Canadian province of Quebec, in some states of the United States, and formerly in New Zealand. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ...


One of the original five Dutch towns on Long Island (given the right to local rule by Pieter Stuyvesant in 1661), this neighborhood was originally known as Nieuw Amersfoort, after the Dutch city of Amersfoort, but the name was changed to "Flatlands" after the British took over Brooklyn (Breukelen) from the Dutch in 1664. The area may have been settled by French Walloons as early as 1623, and by native Lenni-Lenape indians long before that. Peter Stuyvesant, ca. ... Events January 6 - The fifth monarchy men unsuccessfully attempt to seize control of London. ... Amersfoort is also a town in South Africa. ... Events March 12 - New Jersey becomes a colony of England. ... The Walloons (Wallons in French) are French-speaking Belgians from Wallonia. ... Events August 6 - Pope Urban VIII is elected to the Papacy. ... The Lenape or Lenni-Lenape (later named Delaware Indians by Europeans) were, in the 1600s, loosely organized bands of Native American people practicing small-scale agriculture to augment a largely mobile hunter-gatherer society in the region around the Delaware River, the lower Hudson River, and western Long Island Sound. ...


Flatlands was originally a farming community where tobacco, corn, squash, and beans were grown, and oysters and clams were harvested from Jamaica Bay. Jamaica Bay is a bay that lies in the shadow of New York Citys skyscrapers and is adjacent to one of the nations busiest airports. ...


The neighborhood borders are roughly delineated by Flatlands Avenue on the North, Avenue U to the South, Ralph Avenue to the East, & Flatbush Avenue to the West (other sources say Ave. H-Ave T. / Ralph Ave. - Nostrand Ave. -- again, N/S/E/W).


Flatlands is one of the few Brooklyn neighborhoods not served by many subway lines (the nearest stations are the "2" and "5" lines in the Flatbush Junction near Brooklyn College and the "B" and "Q" lines originating in Brighton Beach and Coney Island); city and private bus lines serve the neighborhood. The New York City Subway is a large rapid transit system in New York City, New York, United States. ... Flatbush is a neighborhood of the Borough of Brooklyn, a part of New York City. ... Brooklyn College of The City University of New York Brooklyn College of The City University of New York is a senior college of the City University of New York. ... Brighton Beach is a community on Coney Island in the borough of Brooklyn, New York City. ... Image of Coney Island (middle left of picture) taken by NASA. The peninsula at right is Rockaway, Queens. ...


According to the 2000 census, combined population of Canarsie & Flatlands is roughly 194,653 people (total Brooklyn residents: about 2,465,286).


There are several historical structures in Flatlands, including the Hendricks Lott House (36th Street between Fillmore Ave and Ave. S, built around 1720), which was a stop on the Underground Railroad, the Flatlands Dutch Reformed Church (Kings Highway and East 40th Street), first built in 1654, and rebuilt twice since (the current church on the site was built in 1848) and the Wyckoff House Museum, the oldest building still standing in New York, which is maintained as a Dutch colonial farmhouse with living history participants, at 5816 Clarendon Road. // Events January 6 - The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble publishes its findings February 11 - Sweden and Prussia sign the (2nd Treaty of Stockholm) declaring peace. ... The Underground Railroad was a network of clandestine routes by which African slaves in the 19th century United States attempted to escape to free states, or as far north as Canada, with the aid of abolitionists. ... The Dutch Reformed Church or Netherlands Reformed Church (in Dutch: Nederlandse Hervormde Kerk (NHK)) was a denomination of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin. ... Events April 5 - Signing of the Treaty of Westminster, ending the First Anglo-Dutch War. ... 1848 is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... See Historical reenactment for the generic use of the term. ...


The Town of Flatlands was annexed by the City of Brooklyn in 1896. 1896 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


Sources and More Info

  • New York Times article on Flatlands
  • Wyckoff House Museum website
  • History of Flatlands including early Dutch settlers
  • The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn, ISBN 0300077521
  • Guide to New York City Landmarks, ISBN 0471182893

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Flatlands, Brooklyn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (366 words)
Flatlands is a neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City.
Flatlands was originally a farming community where tobacco, corn, squash, and beans were grown, and oysters and clams were harvested from Jamaica Bay.
Flatlands is one of the few Brooklyn neighborhoods not served by many subway lines (the nearest stations are the 2 and 5 lines in the Flatbush Junction near Brooklyn College and the B and Q lines originating in Brighton Beach and Coney Island); city and private bus lines serve the neighborhood.
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