From Giovanni da Verrazano to Jackie Robinson and more...
Created by wnycweb on Jul 22, 2010
Last updated: 07/29/10 at 12:32 AM
Spike Lee's acclaimed movie looked at the smoldering racial tensions in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Cher won the Oscar for best actress in this modern classic that also starred Nicolas Cage and a whole lotta Brooklyn.
TV's biggest hit in the 1980s featured the Huxtable family, who lived in Brooklyn Heights.
The first annual Mermaid Parade on Coney Island's Riegelmann Boardwalk.
John Travolta played Bay Ridge disco king Tony Manero and boogied to a soundtrack by The Bee-Gees.
Gabe Kaplan starred as teacher Gabe Kotter, whose Sweathogs brought Brooklyn to the rest of the country for four seasons on ABC.
When it opened, the bridge connecting Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn with Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island was the longest suspension span in the world. The bridge is named after Giovanni da Verrazano, who in 1524 became the first European explorer to sail into New York Harbor.
After losing to the Yankees in 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953, the Dodgers win their only World Series in Brooklyn. Pitcher Johnny Podres won the decisive seventh game, and the series MVP award.
Jackie Gleason played Bensonhurst bus driver Ralph Kramden in this legendary sitcom, which made it debut as a half-hour series on October 1, 1955. Gleason and Co. made 39 classic episodes and 'The Honeymooners' lived on in sketches afterward.
Betty Smith's classic coming of age tale about young Francie Nolan was published to wide acclaim. Francie grew up poor in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, just like the author.
At 512 feet, the Williamsburgh Savings Bank building at One Hansen Place was the tallest structure in the borough.
The famous rollercoaster begins operation.
President Chester Arthur and Gov. Grover Cleveland presided over the dedication ceremony a day before the bridge opened for use.
Charles Feltman invented the "frankfurter" on Coney Island--and Nathan Handwerker made it famous, opening Nathan's Hot Dogs in 1916.
The growing village was incorporated as a city, and George Hall became its first mayor.
The Long Island Courier was printed by Thomas Kirk.
Also known as the Battle of Long Island, this was the first major battle between the British and American troops in the Revolutionary War. It ended with George Washington withdrawing troops in the middle of the night, signaling the first victory for the British.
Lady Deborah Moody and her followers signed an agreement with a Native chief that included the purchase of Coney Island for "fifteen fathoms of sewan, two gunns, three pounds of powder." The title to the island would be challenged often over the next few centuries.
The Dutch West India Company chartered the town and named it after a town in the Netherlands.
The only one of Brooklyn's original six towns not settled by the Dutch, Gravesend was chartered by Lady Deborah Moody, the first woman to charter a town in the new world. Moody was a British Anabaptist who left England and then Massachusetts in search of religious freedom. The charter granted by the Dutch allowed the Gravesend settlers "to have and enjoy free liberty of conscience, according to the customs and manners of Holland, without molestation."
Sailing the ship Half Moon under the Dutch flag, the explorer reached, among other places, New York Bay and Coney Island. Hudson and his men wrote in their journals about their fishing catch and eating oysters from what is now Coney Island Creek.
da Verrazano becomes the first European to explore New York Bay.