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Wallabout Brooklyn: Settlement, Decline, and Reinvestment (and Some Famous People Too!)

  • The Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument 99 Ryerson St Brooklyn, NY, 11205 United States (map)

The Wallabout neighborhood, located in northern Brooklyn near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, has a rich 380 year history. This Jane’s Walk will lead participants past neighborhood landmarks and explore how these places, and the famous residents associated with them, represent the community’s social development over the centuries. The stories will begin with the area’s first European settlers, continue through the Revolutionary War, the area’s 19th century industrialization, then its eventual economic decline, and end with stories of the area’s resurgence over the past two decades.

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

Date: Saturday May 5, 2012

Event Start/End: The Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument, Fort Greene Park /99 Ryerson St (former home of Walt Whitman)

Host Organization: Chad Purkey, of the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnerships

Registration: No need to sign up, just show up at the posted meeting location.

Accessibility:  Partially Accessible – curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks