“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Cobble Hill Historic District

New York Landmark Preservation Foundation

Cobble Hill Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Todd Florio, circa July 16, 2010
1. Cobble Hill Historic District Marker
Inscription. Cobble Hill is an exceptionally rich district both historically and architecturally. Jennie Jerome, the mother of Winston Churchill, was born at 197 Amity Street in 1854. Among the distinguished architects' work represented here is 296 Clinton Street, the 1843 home of Richard Upjohn, architect of Wall Street's Trinity Church; and the 1852 St. Francis Cabrini Chapel on DeGraw Street by Minard Lafever, architect of Sailors' Snug Harbor. The home buildings on Hicks Street, Warren Street, and Baltic Street, the architecturally distinguished tower buildings; and the workingmen's cottages on Warren Place were among the first planned low-income housing in the nation when they were built in the late 1870's. At that time, rent for a four-room apartment was $1.93 per week.
Erected by New York Landmark Preservation Foundation.
Location. 40° 41.36′ N, 73° 59.811′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is on Amity Street near Henry Street. Touch for map. 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. Birth Place of Jennie Jerome (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ponkiesberg Fortification (approx. ¼ mile
Cobble Hill Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Todd Florio, circa July 16, 2010
2. Cobble Hill Historic District Marker
away); Brooklyn Borough Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Where the Dodgers Made Baseball History and Jackie Robinson Changed America (approx. half a mile away); Four Chimneys (approx. half a mile away); Brooklyn Heights Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Church of the Saviour (approx. half a mile away); 155 - 157 - 159 Willow Street (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
More about this marker. The Cobble Hill Historic District is bounded by Atlantic Avenue to the North, DeGraw Street to the South, Hicks Street to the West and Court Street to the East. There are several other identical markers placed within these boundaries.
Additional comments.
1. History of the Cobble Hill District
The neighborhood traces its history to early Dutch farmers who settled much of Brooklyn in the 17th century. The neighborhood's name was derived from Cobleshill, a steep hill at what is now Atlantic Avenue and Court Street. The hill was turned into Cobble Hill Fort by American soldiers during the Revolutionary War. George Washington used it as an observation point and from it saw his troops defeated in the Battle of Long Island. British troops then captured the fort and cut off the top of the hill to strip it of its value as a vantage point.

Source: "If you're thinking of living in: Cobble Hill" by Joan Motyka, New York Times, October 2, 1983
    — Submitted July 29, 2010, by Gregory Toft of New York, New York.

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2010, by Gregory Toft of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 807 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on August 2, 2010, by Todd Florio of Brooklyn, New York. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2010, by Gregory Toft of New York, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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