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Encyclopedia > Gravesend, Brooklyn
Afternoon by the Sea (Gravesend Bay), a pastel by William Merritt Chase, ca 1888 shows traditional catboats in the bay and the Navesink Highlands across Lower New York Bay.
Afternoon by the Sea (Gravesend Bay), a pastel by William Merritt Chase, ca 1888 shows traditional catboats in the bay and the Navesink Highlands across Lower New York Bay.

Gravesend (pronounced "Grave's End", not "Grave Send") is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, USA. It is bordered by Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay, and Coney Island. The name is derived from the Dutch "grafe ende," which means "the end of the grove." Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1135x751, 138 KB)William Merritt Chase, Afternoon by the Sea (Gravesend Bay) ca 1888 pastel on linen The two-dimensional work of art depicted in this image is in the public domain in the United States and in those countries with... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1135x751, 138 KB)William Merritt Chase, Afternoon by the Sea (Gravesend Bay) ca 1888 pastel on linen The two-dimensional work of art depicted in this image is in the public domain in the United States and in those countries with... William Merritt Chase (November 1, 1849 - October 25, 1916) was an American painter known as an exponent of Impressionism and as a teacher. ... The occupied boats are catboats, but with a mast and boom rig A catboat (alternate spelling: cat boat), or a cat-rigged sailboat, is a sailing vessel characterized by a single mast carried well forward (, near the front of the boat). ... Navesink may refer to: Navesink, New Jersey, a census-designated place and unincorporated area located within Middletown Township, in Monmouth County, New Jersey Navesink River, an estuary in Monmouth County, New Jersey This article consisting of geographical locations is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share... Lower New York Bay is the section of New York Bay outside of the Narrows and open directly to the Atlantic Ocean. ... Main article: New York City A map of New York City, highlighting Brooklyn. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... Bensonhurst is a blue collar/middle class neighborhood located in the south-central part of New York City, USAs borough of Brooklyn. ... Body of water 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. ... Image of Coney Island (middle left of picture) taken by NASA. The peninsula at right is Rockaway, Queens. ...


Gravesend was one of the original towns in the Dutch colony of New Netherland and became one of the six original towns of Kings County in colonial New York. It was the only English chartered town in what became Kings County and was designated the "Shire Town" when the English assumed control, as it was the only one where records could be kept in English. Courts were removed to Flatbush in 1685. The former name survives, and is now associated with a neighborhood in Brooklyn. Gravesend is notable for being a founded by a woman, Lady Deborah Moody; a patent was granted to the English settlers by Governor Kieft, December 19, 1645. The definitions of the political subdivisions of the state of New York differ from those in certain other countries or even various other U.S. states, leading to misunderstandings regarding the governmental nature of an area. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Kings County is the name of several counties aorund the world: Kings County, Nova Scotia, Canada Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada Kings County, California, United States of America Kings County, Ireland is the former name of County Offaly. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... Flatbush is a neighborhood of the Borough of Brooklyn, a part of New York City. ... Willem Kieft (1597-1647) was a Dutch merchant and director general of New Netherland (of which New Amsterdam, later New York City, was the primary settlement), from 1638 until 1647. ... December 19 is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // Events January 10 - Archbishop Laud executed on Tower Hill, London. ...


Gravesend Town encompassed 7000 acres in southern Kings County, including the entire island of Coney Island, which was originally the town's common lands on the Atlantic Ocean, divided up, as was the town itself, into 41 parcels for the original patentees. When the town was first laid out, almost half were saltmarsh wetlands and sandhill dunes along the shore of Gravesend Bay. Gravesend was not annexed to Brooklyn until 1894. Image of Coney Island (middle left of picture) taken by NASA. The peninsula at right is Rockaway, Queens. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


The current community of Gravesend is centered on the former village square centered at the intersection of [Gravesend] Neck Road and McDonald (formerly Gravesend) Avenue. The center of the square is dominated and served by the elevated train station of the BMT Culver Line of the New York City Subway system. The BMT Culver Line is a rapid transit line of the BMT division of the New York City Subway, running from Coney Island through Gravesend to Ditmas Avenue, where it becomes the IND Culver Line. ... The New York City Subway system, a large rapid transit system operating in New York City and operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), is one of the most extensive public transportation systems in the world. ...


Reference

  • J. H. French, Gazetteer Of the State of New York (1860) [1]

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Gravesend, Brooklyn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (350 words)
Gravesend was one of the original towns in the Dutch colony of New Netherland and became one of the six original towns of Kings County in colonial New York.
Gravesend is notable for being a founded by a woman, Lady Deborah Moody; a patent was granted to the English settlers by Governor Kieft, December 19, 1645.
Gravesend Town encompassed 7000 acres in southern Kings County, including the entire island of Coney Island, which was originally the town's common lands on the Atlantic Ocean, divided up, as was the town itself, into 41 parcels for the original patentees.
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