Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, New York City
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Gerritsen Beach is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, located near Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay, in Brooklyn Community Board 15
Gerritsen Beach is in southeastern Brooklyn, lying on a peninsula near Marine Park and bounded to the north by Avenue U, to the east by Gerritsen Avenue, to the south by Plumb Beach Channel, and to the west by Shell Bank Creek and Knapp Street; it is bisected from west to east by Gotham Avenue Canal. The neighborhood was named for Wolfert Gerritsen, a Dutchman, who in the early seventeenth century built a house and mill on Gerritsen Creek (now part of Marine Park); the mill was destroyed by fire about 1931. Originally spelt "Gerrittsen"
Until the early twentieth century the area remained undeveloped except for a few squatters' bungalows at the foot of Gerritsen Avenue. The firm of Realty Associates began building a middle-class summer resort there in 1920, and the southwest corner of Gerritsen's Meadow was soon covered by one-story bungalows with peaked roofs and no backyards. The popularity of this first venture spurred further growth. Some bungalows were made suitable for year-round habitation, two-story houses with backyards were built, and within a decade there were fifteen hundred houses. With its narrow streets and close-set homes, some sitting on the water, this neighborhood in far south Brooklyn is often likened to a New England fishing village.
The area north of the canal, called the "New Section" by local residents, is lined with stores, brick houses, sidewalks, and the elementary school, P.S. 277 ("The Gerritsen Beach School").
The area south of the canal, the Old Section, retains the character of a small fishing village and is a popular station for party boats.
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