Tag Archives: Brooklyn Historical Society

Hypothesizing Vinegar Hill 1800-1840

When Vinegar hill moved into the nineteenth century, people like Joshua Sands , a speculator and merchant, bought up land and started creating businesses. He imported machines from England and he also brought workers from there. Joshua Sands opened the rope walk industry on the waterfront. In 1801 the U.S. Navy Yard opened their first yard by Wallabout Bay, which became very active in the war of 1812. The first steam ferry came in on 1814 and was traveling from Vinegar Hill to Manhattan and that lasted for a long time, even though they had contradictions here and there. The Village of Brooklyn turned into the Town of Brooklyn in 1816 and it had grown in terms of housing and people. In 1827 different versions of the Hooker’s map came out. Brooklyn had a considerable growth of population during 1830-1840 when the lower Manhattan by the ferry stop became mostly commercial, so people were considering the other stop of the ferry in Vinegar Hill as a short commute. In 1834 Brooklyn changed its status again from Town of Brooklyn to the City of Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn Historical Society Library Report_Aisel Omerbashi

Learning Places – Final Project


Brooklyn Historical Society

The Brooklyn Historical Society has a special collections and archives library on the second floor. It is located in Brooklyn at the corner of Pierrepont Street and Clinton Street. The collection materials are related to Brooklyn’s history and culture, which contains oral interviews, photographs, maps, books, paintings and more. I will focus on any material related to John Jackson and early maps of Brooklyn.


Brooklyn Historical Society Sources

The Civil, Political, Professional and Ecclesiastical History and Commercial and Industrial Record of the County of Kings and the City of Brooklyn, N.Y. from 1683 to 1884 by Henry R. Stiles.

Guide to the Downtown Brooklyn Development Association records 1979.021 Box: 6 of 9 and Box: 1 of 9.

DUMBO, Brooklyn waterfront photographs and slides