How Brooklyn and Other NYC Spots Were Named

Ever wonder how New York neighborhoods got their names? Well, if you speak Dutch you might have a better idea. So, as we all know, New York was originally settled by Dutch after they bought the land from the Lenape Indians in 1609. It was then originally called New Amsterdam, and the areas surrounding it were then named after other Dutch cities. Then, in 1664, the British took over and anglicized most of the names and changed "New Amsterdam" to "New York" after James II, the Duke of York!

"Brooklyn" was originally named after the Dutch village of Breukelen, however, "Canarise" gets its name from a word in the original Lenape Indian language meaning, "fort." Flushing and Harlem are also names that come from the original Dutch towns of Vlissingen and Haarlem.

The Bronx was named after Jonas Bronck, the Swedish explorer who helped settle the area for the Dutch. Same with "Greenwich" from Greenwich Village, which was originally named "Groenwijck", which is Dutch for "Green District" because the original area was very bushy, like a forest.

New Jersey gets its from Charles II who called the area "New Jersey" after the Isle of Jersey in the English channel. Meanwhile, Bayonne, my hometown, is named after Bayonne, France where the Hugenots lived before eventually moving to New Amsterdam after they were banned from New France.

History is kinda cool!

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