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Bensonhurst in Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Milestone Park

 
 
Milestone Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
1. Milestone Park Marker
Inscription.  This park is at the location of the oldest existing milestone in New York City. The New Ultrecht milestone was placed here in approximately 1741 under the reign of George II. The stone, which served as a directional post to travelers, stood at the juncture of two colonial roads: Kings Highway and Old Ultrecht – Flatbush Road (now 18th Avenue). It also served as a gauge to determine postal rates.

The inscription read as follows:
Front – 8¼ Mile to N York Ferry
This Road
To Deny’s Ferry
2½ Mile

Side – 10½ Mile to N York Ferry
This Road
To Jamaica
15 Mile

The New Ultrecht Milestone is now in safekeeping with the Long Island Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Colonial Era. A significant historical year for this entry is 1741.
 
Location. 40° 36.575′ N, 73° 59.976′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. It is in Bensonhurst. Marker is on 18th Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in Milestone Park, on 18th Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11214, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Milestone Park (a few steps from this marker); New Utrecht Reformed Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Utrecht Liberty Pole (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named New Utrecht Reformed Church (about 600 feet away); The Battle of Brooklyn (about 600 feet away); Necassius De Sille House (approx. 0.3 miles away); New Utrecht Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Meucci Triangle (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
Also see . . .  Milestone Park. New York City Department of Parks & Recreation website. (Submitted on April 25, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
Brooklyn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
2. Brooklyn Marker
Marker on 18th Avenue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
3. Marker on 18th Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,297 times since then and 179 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 25, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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