About

Welcome to The Gravesend Gazette: Historical News From Southern Brooklyn, a blog of occasional pieces on my favorite topic, Gravesend, Brooklyn, New York. By no means do I claim to be the expert on Gravesend, but I have been obsessed with learning about the history of this neighborhood since childhood, and to that end have amassed a sizable collection of images, documents, and information which it is now my pleasure to share and write about. I welcome comments and stories from fellow and former residents. Let me hear from you!

–Joseph Ditta (webmaster@gravesendgazette.com)

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7 responses to “About

  1. Katherine Brannick

    I live in NJ and have a painting of the Gravesend Village Nursery signed and dated by Louis Saphier dated 1932. I always thought it was a painting of a nursery in my area Hunterdon Cty. in NJ. I am moving and decided to google the painting and discovered your web site. Can you give me any information of the locale of the nursery and the valve of the painting. Thank you.

  2. Maybe related to Conrad Saphier of Tilden High School fame?

  3. Phil

    I lived near McDonald Ave…when and why was the name changed from Gravesend Ave? What is in the namer: Gravesend Neck Road? Was there a family named “Neck”?

    • Gravesend Avenue was renamed in honor of John R. McDonald (1871-1932), chief clerk of the Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court, in 1933. The story goes that there wasn’t much of an outcry over the name change because Brooklynites equated the name “Gravesend” with things morbid.

      No, there wasn’t a family named “Neck.” The word “neck” is also a geographical term. A neck of land juts out into water. The extreme eastern portion of the town of Gravesend, bordered by Sheepshead Bay and Gerritsen’s Creek (in Marine Park), was known as Gravesend Neck. The main route to the area was called, prosaically, Gravesend Neck Road.

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