Happy 368th Birthday Brooklyn!

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Happy Birthday Brooklyn! On November 27th, 1646, the Dutch West India Company granted the village of Brooklyn a municipal form of government. The area now known as Brooklyn is named for Breuklen, now spelled Breukelen, or “broken land,” a village in Holland with similar hilly terrain.

In 1646 the inhabitants of Brooklyn were invested with a grant of municipal privileges. They had the privilege of electing two magistrates, in addition to the two they already had, called “schepens,” and to appoint a “scout,” subordinate to the “schout fiscal” at New Amsterdam. At this time the village proper of Breuckelen was nearly a mile inland; the hamlet on the shore opposite Manhattan was known as the ferry.

via The History Box

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

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