Gravesend, Brooklyn

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2065 E 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11223, USA
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Gravesend is a neighborhood in the south-central section of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, in the U.S. state of New York. As of 2010, Gravesend had a population of 29,436.
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.
Gravesend is notable for being founded by a woman, Lady Deborah Moody; a land patent was granted to the English settlers by Governor Willem Kieft, December 19, 1645. Moody, along with John Tilton and wife Mary Pearsall Tilton, came to Gravesend escaping religious persecution in Lynn, Massachusetts where Deborah and Mary were on trial. John Tilton became the first town clerk of Gravesend and owned part of what later would become Coney Island. Deborah, John, Mary and the other early settlers were known for their kindness to the natives (paying for their land). Another prominent early settler was Anthony Janszoon van Salee.
Gravesend Town encompassed 7,000 acres (2,800 ha) 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 salt marsh wetlands and sandhill dunes along the shore of Gravesend Bay.
Gravesend was annexed by the City of Brooklyn in 1894.


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Gravesend, Brooklyn

Address: 2065 E 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11223, USA