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Encyclopedia > Gravesend, New York

Gravesend was one of the original towns in the Dutch colony of Nieuw Amsterdam and became one of the original towns of Kings County in colonial New York. It was the only English chartered town in what became Kings County. The former name survives, and is now associated with a neighborhood in Brooklyn.


Gravesend Town encompassed a fairly large area 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.


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 Culver Line (F train) of the New York Subway system.


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Gravesend, Brooklyn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (519 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 Town encompassed 7,000 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.
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.
Netherlands Consulate-General - New York, New York - Welcome (725 words)
The Bronx, New York: one of the earliest settlers in New Netherland was Jonas Bronck.
Hoboken, New Jersey: named after the village Hoboken, which was formerly in the United Provinces (forerunner of the present-day Netherlands) and now is found in northern Belgium.
Tarrytown, New York: a Dutch settler established a wheat mill at the point where the Pocantico empties into the Hudson River.
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