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Battle of Brooklyn Recap

For those in the community who made it to the event, we hope you enjoyed a beautiful day and a great commemoration at Green-Wood. This year was especially nest, as they had many more re-enactors than in years past, cavalry, cooking and sewing demonstrations, music…and of course, cannon! For those who did not make it, take a gander ant the slideshow below. Did you take photos? If so, please post a link!

Battle of Brooklyn @ Green-Wood 8/26

As part of the CCGH’s fwd of information about upcoming cultural events in our area, we’d be remiss to not post about Green-Wood’s Annual Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration. It’s a family-friendly day of re-enactors, parade, music and commemoration of the 236th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn on Green-Wood’s Battle Hill. And the best part…cannon fire!

For photos of the 2010 Commemoration (2011 was rained out), you can click here.

From Green-Wood’s website: Continue reading

Where’s Greenwood Heights?

Greenwood Heights is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn that takes part of its name from the neighborhood proximity to the Green-Wood Cemetery. The much-debated borders are, roughly, the Prospect Expressway to the north, Gowanus Bay to the west, Eighth Avenue to the east, and 39th Street to the south (southern boundary of The Green-Wood Cemetery and train yards).[1]

Greenwood Heights is a mixed neighborhood of Hispanics, older Polish American and Italian American families, Chinese, Black, and middle class Brooklynites who have relocated from other higher-priced neighborhoods.[2]

Greenwood Heights’ architectural mix of wood frame, vinyl sided and brick homes gives the area an eclectic look and feel, different from its neighbors Park Slope to the north and Sunset Park to the south.

Recent new real estate development, curbed with the rezoning of the area in November 2005,[3] has brought an influx of luxury condominium apartments into a residential area that was mainly made up of 1- and 2-family homes. Post-rezoning, while new development sites have occurred, there has been a new trend of home renovations (many of them “gut renovations”), taking many of the neglected c. 1900 wood frame homes and restoring them to their turn of the 20th century historical look.

Besides being on the R, connecting to the N and D express lines, one of the neighborhood’s top attractions is the excellent primary school, PS 172.

It was one of the sites of the sprawling Battle of Brooklyn (Battle of Long Island) in August 1776, a pivotal battle in the American Revolutionary War to famous residents of Green-Wood Cemetery. In the 19th through middle 20th centuries the economy was dominated by the working Brooklyn waterfront.

Greenwood Heights is a part of Brooklyn Community Board 7 along with Windsor Terrace, Sunset Park and South Park Slope.

Wikipedia entry

In addition in 2013, Curbed.com’s “Evolving Neighborhoods and Boundaries’s” section featured Greenwood Heights and the true (and mostly false) info about the ‘nabe. Thanks to Keith Williams of the Weekly Nabe blog for such nice and thoughtful reporting.