From a settlement in its beginnings in the 1650s, the crossroads of Flatbush Road and Church Lane, later Church Avenue, later became the Town of Flatbush which was absorbed into the City of Brooklyn in 1894 — only to see Brooklyn absorbed into NYC in 1898.
Note that a lot of the side streets and little lanes you see on this map are mostly still in existence such as Johnson Place, Lloyd Street and Lott Street; Locust Street was absorbed into Bedford Avenue while Prospect Street became Veronica Place.
In late 2015, I explored the interior of a former Lincoln Savings Bank in Bay Ridge.
The Lincoln Savings Bank of Brooklyn was incorporated as the German Bank of Brooklyn in 1866 and then changed to the new name in 1917, no doubt World War I influencing that decision. Though Church Avenue was named for the First Dutch Reformed Church, established in the 1650s, on Flatbush Avenue, there’s also the formidable Roman Catholic Holy Cross Church, established in 1845 and centered on Church Avenue west of Veronica Place.
The churchyard goes back to the church’s very beginnings and contains stones inscribed in both English and Dutch. Surprisingly I found the Flatbush gate locked with signs indicating the cemetery was closed (“Private Property No Trespassing”) , a change from previous policies.
Among the many stained glass windows are a few by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Church Avenue gate was open — perhaps in error — so I scurried in and out just long enough to get some photos.
This was once the Flatbush District #1 School, later PS 90, and was constructed from 1878-1894 in a design by John Culyer, also the architect of Flatbush Town Hall on Snyder Avenue — and it’s actually a designated NYC Landmark.New York has always played an important role in our nation's history and development dating back to early exploration, colonial times and the struggle for independence.Nearly one-third of all battles during the Revolution were fought in New York State, including the victory at the Battle of Saratoga.NY Auctions Find Antiques and Collectibles, Real Estate, Tools, Restaurant Equipment, Farm machinery, Storage Lockers and more at auctions near you!NY Coin Shows Find gold, silver, paper currency, medals, tokens, error coins, and more at the nation's #1 source for local coin shows.“Erasmus Hall Academy” and Town Hall, now on Grant (Snyder) Avenue, are already in place.