Posted by Rich in Albuquerque
on Thursday, April 2nd 2020:
In Reply to: South Brooklyn trivia - Red Hook or Coney Island? posted by Matty from Flatbush on Thursday, April 2nd 2020:
I'll try this again: The term is derived from the old, pre-consolidation of the City of Brooklyn and surrounding towns and villages into the consolidated City of New York in 1898. The original city of Brooklyn was much smaller than the current Borough of Brooklyn. "South Brooklyn" came to refer to the territory roughly south of present downtown Brooklyn or south of present day Atlantic Avenue to about Red Hook. When I was an undergraduate at Saint John's in the late 1960's, I work an internship at the Lindsay-era Office of Neighborhood Government which opened the local "Park Slope South Brooklyn Neighborhood Taskforce" area office on Fourth Avenue between Pacific and Dean Streets. We covered from Downtown to Bay Ridge and from the river to Prospect Park, providing a local link between the neighborhoods the city line-service agencies. Sam Azadian, a deputy commissioner in the old Department of Water Supply, Gas, and Electricity, was the chair of that office. The term "South Brooklyn," therefore does not generally refer to Coney Island or other more southern reaches of the Borough.
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