Boerum Hill

Bette Stoltz, president of the South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation, began a campaign in 1984 that culminated with a 12-year rebuilding campaign and brought Smith Street and Boerum Hill back to life.

Cobble Hill Park and the Verandah Place mews in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. ©Mark D Phillips

Cobble Hill

Originally named Ponkiesbergh by the Dutch farmers who settled the cobblestoned area in the 1600’s, the neighborhood gained its present name, Cobble Hill, from a variation of the English translation, Cobles Hill.


Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass – DUMBO for short – is the new art mecca of New York City. Brooklyn Bridge Park begins its Waterfront run and has turned DUMBO into a Brooklyn playground.

IS Brandtsen pier collapsed into Gownaus Bay at the end of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY. American Export-Isbrandtsen Lines, New York, was the leading US-flag shipping company between the U.S. east coast and the Mediterranean from 1919 to 1977. ©Mark D Phillips

Gowanus Canal

How did a Superfund site end up in South Brooklyn? Originally a series of tidal creeks, the native Americans named it Gowanes Creek in honor of Chief Gowanes of the Canarses tribe, who lived, hunted, and fished along its length.

A bronze sculpture depicting the Marquis de Lafayette by Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial, stands at the Ninth Street entrance to Prospect Park in Park Slope. ©Mark D Phillips

Park Slope

Grand Army Plaza, the northern entrance to Prospect Park, is of special interest to Civil War enthusiasts with the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch, a colossal granite Arc de Triomphe.

Red Hook

Today’s Red Hook is much smaller than its original boundaries. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Red Hook point was a shipping destination and is today the home of Fairway grocery store.