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1883 The City of Brooklyn

The Atlantic Basin

 
 
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Inscription. Brooklyn, first settled by the Dutch in the 1630s, was incorporated as a city in 1834. During the nineteenth century it gradually absorbed the nearby towns of Williamsburgh, Bushwick, New Lots, Flatbush, Gravesend, New Utrecht and Flatlands, and grew to encompass nearly 80 square miles. When construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began in the late 1860s, Brooklyn was a bustling city of nearly half a million residents. It boasted a flourishing maritime industry, many cultural institutions, Prospect Park and its own newspaper, the “Brooklyn Eagle,” whose best known editor was Walt Whitman. In 1898, against the wishes of the many proud Brooklynites who wanted the city to remain independent, Brooklyn became a borough of Greater New York.

The Atlantic Basin
By the late 1860s, the six-mile stretch of Brooklyn’s waterfront between Greenpoint on the north and Red Hook on the south was solidly lined with docks and warehouses. Here merchant ships from around the world came to trade fruit, sugar, tea and other goods for American products. Brooklyn’s oldest shipping facility is the Atlantic Basin, in Red Hook which dates from 1841. Originally, the 40-acre protected basin served as the end destination for boats that brought grain from the Midwest via the Erie Canal and the Hudson River. On the wharves that edged the basin,

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Captions: Fulton Ferry Slip; Williamsburg Savings Bank; N.Y. Telephone Company; Plymouth Church; Cadmen Plaza Towers; 16 Court Street; Holy Trinity Church; St. George Hotel; St. Paul Church; Towers Hotel; Brooklyn Heights Promenade; East River; Grace Church; Brooklyn-Queens Expressway; Arched Entrance to Montague Street; Wall Street Ferry Slip; Former Street Warehouse; St. Stephan’s Church; Atlantic Avenue Grain Elevators; The Verrezano Bridge, built 1984; Buttermilk Channel; Staten Island; Atlantic Basin.
the grain was cleaned, sorted and loaded onto ships for export. Although its days as a grain depot are long gone, the Atlantic Basin remains an active maritime facility.
 
Erected 1983 by The 1983 Brooklyn Bridge Centennial Commission.
 
Location. 40° 42.428′ N, 73° 59.907′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker can be reached from Brooklyn Bridge. Click for map. This marker is located on the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade at the northwest tower observation platform, facing Brooklyn. Although marker is nearer the Manhattan end of the bridge, we have used a Brooklyn zip code since the marker refers to Brooklyn. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. How the Bridge was Built (a few steps from this marker); Panaroma (sic) of Brooklyn South of the Brooklyn Bridge (a few steps from this marker); FishBridge Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fulton Fish Waist - 142 Beekman Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presidential Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); The Brooklyn Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); 207 - 211 Water Street (approx. ¼ mile away); Peking (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
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This marker is presented in several photos as a readable version of it could not be shown in one photograph.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
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Caption: East River.
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