Known as the only colonial North American settlement founded by a woman (Lady Deborah Moody), Brooklyn’s Gravesend neighborhood boasts a rich and diverse history. Once a farming town established in 1645, Gravesend was annexed to Brooklyn in 1894.
Through both historical and contemporary photographs, local author Joseph Ditta takes readers on a nostalgic journey down memory lane.
Ditta hopes the book will “give the busy residents of Gravesend, Brooklyn reason to pause and ponder the historical significance of sites they pass each day without truly seeing.”
Highlights of Gravesend, Brooklyn:
• Features many never-before-published images drawn from the author’s extensive collection of Gravesend materials
• Reveals the streets marking Gravesend’s 1640s four-square town plan that survive today
• Spotlights the Gravesend Cemetery, New York City’s oldest surviving cemetery, established around 1650
• Includes images of Gravesend’s four racetracks, Kings Highway, Bicycle Railway, the Elephantine Colossus and more
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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