Gravesend Brooklyn: Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay

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In this vivid and captivating new photographic history, readers are transported back to an exciting time in Brooklyn history. Photographs often hold mysteries and memories of our past. Page by page the reader will see the transformation of when the town of Gravesend, Brooklyn was one of the six original towns to later become part of the great City of Brooklyn. Originally an isolated English-speaking community amidst many other Dutch areas in the region, Gravesend developed into a thriving seaside resort, with Coney Island becoming the "playground of the world," and Sheepshead Bay an important fishing community with fabulous places to dine and enjoy the fruits of the sea.
ISBN: 9780738572321
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Gravesend, Brooklyn: Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay is a virtual time machine to an era of excitement, progress, and corruption. The over 200 images presented, from private collections of Eric Ierardi and the Gravesend Historical Society, span the days of political “boss” John Y. McKane, who single-handedly “delivered” the last deciding votes ushering in President Benjamin Harrison in 1888, to the heyday of Gravesend's three major racetracks, plentiful resort hotels, and amusement parks. This collection is sure to evoke lively memories for the old and inspire a sense of place and history for the young.
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