FACTOID # 16: In the 2000 Presidential Election, Texas gave Ralph Nader the 3rd highest popular vote count of any US state.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn

Gerritsen Beach is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, located near Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay, in Brooklyn Community Board 15. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The Five Boroughs redirects here. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... For the public park of the same name, see Marine Park, Brooklyn. ... Sheepshead Bay is a bay separating the mainland of Brooklyn, New York City from the eastern portion of Coney Island, the latter originally a barrier island but now effectively an extension of the mainland with peninsulas both east and west. ... The Brooklyn Community Board 15 is a local government unit of the city of New York, encompassing the neighborhoods of Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Kings Bay, Gerritsen Beach, Kings Highway, East Gravesend, Madison, Homecrest, and Plum Beach, in the borough of Brooklyn. ...

Fairy-tale looking Plumb Beach Channel, in the Gerritsen Beach
Fairy-tale looking Plumb Beach Channel, in the Gerritsen Beach

Gerritsen Beach is in southeastern Brooklyn, lying on a peninsula near Marine Park and bounded to the north by Avenue U, to the east by Gerritsen Avenue, to the south by Plumb Beach Channel, and to the west by Shell Bank Creek and Knapp Street; it is bisected from west to east by Gotham Avenue Canal. The neighborhood was named for Wolfert Gerritsen, a Dutchman, who in the early seventeenth century built a house and mill on Gerritsen Creek (now part of Marine Park); the mill was destroyed by fire about 1931. Originally spelt "Gerrittsen" Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 222 KB) Summary Fairy-tail bautifully looking Plub Beach Channel, in the Gerritsen Bay, photographer in Winter 2005 Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 222 KB) Summary Fairy-tail bautifully looking Plub Beach Channel, in the Gerritsen Bay, photographer in Winter 2005 Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... General Information Marine Park . ...


Until the early twentieth century the area remained undeveloped except for a few squatters’ bungalows at the foot of Gerritsen Avenue. The firm of Realty Associates began building a middle-class summer resort there in 1920, and the southwest corner of Gerritsen’s Meadow was soon covered by one-story bungalows with peaked roofs and no backyards. The popularity of this first venture spurred further growth. Some bungalows were made suitable for year-round habitation, two-story houses with backyards were built, and within a decade there were fifteen hundred houses. With its narrow streets and close-set homes, some sitting on the water, this neighborhood in far south Brooklyn is often likened to a New England fishing village.

such pure-nature landscapes are available at the end of Gerristen Avenue, called The Point
such pure-nature landscapes are available at the end of Gerristen Avenue, called The Point
A few steps away from The Point

The area north of the canal, called the "New Section" by local residents, is lined with stores, brick houses, sidewalks, and the elementary school, P.S. 277 ("The Gerritsen Beach School"). Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 202 KB)On the Southeast end of Gerritsen Avenue, someone can pass through the gap in a barrier and then walk by the send along the water and reed, all the way North to Avenue U. File history Legend: (cur... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 202 KB)On the Southeast end of Gerritsen Avenue, someone can pass through the gap in a barrier and then walk by the send along the water and reed, all the way North to Avenue U. File history Legend: (cur... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (768x1024, 403 KB) Summary Deep in Reed, just a few steps of The Point Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (768x1024, 403 KB) Summary Deep in Reed, just a few steps of The Point Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...


The area south of the canal, the Old Section, retains the character of a small fishing village and is a popular station for party boats.

Contents

The Vollies

It is headquartered at 52 Seba Avenue and the is only remaining volunteer fire department in Brooklyn. The Gerrittsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department was organized in 1922, when Gerrittsen Beach was a small, predominantly summer community. In 1921 a damaging fire on Abbey Court showed the community that the city’s regular fire apparatus could not reach the Beach in time to put out the fire. A mass meeting was called by the residents that resulted in the organization of the only volunteer fire department in Brooklyn.


The volunteers (known as the Vollies or, in earlier days, the (Vamps) are ever on the alert for the fire siren. When it blows, they drop everything and rush to the firehouse, where the call may be for a deadly fire, a drowning, or a medical emergency. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Siren (noisemaker). ...


Before the city added water mains to Gerrittsen Beach streets, the Volunteers had to handle fires at least three times a week. Most families had oil stoves or kerosene lamps, and the water had to be pumped from wells. The city did not build Engine Company 321’s firehouse at Gerritsen Avenue and Avenue U until October 4, 1930. is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Through the years the community has insisted on maintaining its firehouse even though Engine Company No. 321 serviced the area. The Vollies were, and still are, prepared for every emergency. For example,

  • The Vollies responded with medical aid to the 1960 jet airliner crash on 7th Avenue and Sterling Place, on December 16, 1960.
  • Just three days following the New York air disaster, the Vollies responded to the city’s call for the aircraft carrier USS Constitution fire at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on December 19, 1960.
  • During heavy fog the Mack searchlight, with its powerful lights, was used at Kennedy Airport when needed.
  • When there was a major oil fire in Mill Basin in 1962, the Vollies responded with foam to help put it out.

According to the Vollies 1976 anniversary booklet, in 1974 the Vollies were approved by the New York State Department of Health as an Emergency Services Training Center. December 17 front page of Syracuse Post-Standard The 1960 New York air disaster was a collision in December 16, 1960 between two airlines over Staten Island, New York in which one plane crashed into Staten Island and the other airline crashed into a Brooklyn neighborhood. ... is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... USS Constellation (CV-64), a Kitty Hawk-class supercarrier, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the new constellation of stars on the flag of the United States. ... The New York Naval Shipyard (NYNSY), also known as the Brooklyn Navy Yard , the New York Navy Yard and United States Navy Yard, New York, is located 1. ... is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Mill Basin/ Mill Island is a neighborhood in New York City in the southeastern portion of the borough of Brooklyn lying along Jamaica Bay and bounded to the north by Avenue U, and to the east, south, and west by the Mill Basin / Mill Island Inlet. ... The neutrality of this section may be compromised by weasel words. ...


The Fleet


Gerritsen Beach VFD - 1 engine, 1 ambulance, 1 rescue

Organizations

The Northeast portion of the gerritsen Beach neighborhood
The Northeast portion of the gerritsen Beach neighborhood

Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (480x640, 111 KB) Residential quarters of the northaeast portion of the Gerritsen Beach look like the rest of Brooklyn. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (480x640, 111 KB) Residential quarters of the northaeast portion of the Gerritsen Beach look like the rest of Brooklyn. ...

Movies Filmed In Gerritsen Beach

  • City Across the River
  • She's the One
  • Shaft (2000)
  • The Departed (2006)
  • Moscow on the Hudson
Gerritsen Ave before the painted lines
Gerritsen Ave before the painted lines
Bikers on Gerritsen Avenue Roadway
Bikers on Gerritsen Avenue Roadway

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2580x1932, 1479 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2580x1932, 1479 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 372 KB) Summary The closer to its end, the emptier is the roadway of Gerritsen Avenue. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 372 KB) Summary The closer to its end, the emptier is the roadway of Gerritsen Avenue. ...

Elected Officials

New York City Council

  • District: 46 Lewis A. Fidler

New York State Senate

  • Carl Kruger
  • Martin Golden

House of Representatives

New York Senators

Website Dedicated To Gerritsen Beach

  • GerritsenMemories.com - Marret Kauffner started the site in 1998 as a place for her family memories. Since there was no other outlet for Ex-"Gerritsen Beachers" to express their sentiment for Gerritsen Beach. People started to leave messages about the beach. She quickly learned that there was much more interest with other people then in her family. It hosts a message board, pictures and stories.
  • GerritsenBeach.net - Offering Current News, Links & Reviews not Memories
Aerial View of Gerritsen Beach in the 1920s
Aerial View of Gerritsen Beach in the 1920s

Image File history File links Gerritsen_Beach_Aerial_View. ... Image File history File links Gerritsen_Beach_Aerial_View. ...

External links

  • St. James
  • The Vollies
  • Gerritsen Memories
  • Fairy-Tale like views of ICE-Plated Gerritsen Bay
  • Neighborhood description from the website of Congressman, Anthony Weiner
  • Gerritsenbeach.net Current News

  Results from FactBites:
 
Brooklyn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4579 words)
Brooklyn's Borough President is Marty Markowitz, elected as a Democrat in 2001 and re-elected in 2005.
In Brooklyn the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who are 65 years of age or older.
Brooklyn College is a senior college of the City University of New York, and was the first public co-ed liberal arts college in New York City.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m