|Current View of Brooklyn|
During the 1800’s Brooklyn’s population increased greatly and it moved from being a farming community to an industrial city. The population increase was due to people moving in both from New England and from Europe, particularly Germany and Ireland. That fit with what I knew about my family’s Brooklyn roots. My father’s family, the Richards, settled in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1634. Edward Richards, the immigrant ancestor, acquired a great deal of land that for many
|Early Downtown Brooklyn|
You cannot talk about Brooklyn without talking about the Brooklyn Bridge. One of the reasons the bridge was built was to make it much easier for the people in Brooklyn, who worked in Manhattan, to get to work. If the river was rough or frozen, the ferries that took them across the East River did not run. My great grandfather, Abiathar Richards, lived in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn and
|Fireworks Over Brooklyn Bridge|
When I was young, it was a treat to go to Coney Island and ride on the carousel or when I was older to go to Steeplechase. My mother, however, said that when she was young, they went to Luna Park. Luna Park opened in 1903 and was illuminated with over 1 million lights, quite an achievement at a time when public light was not common. Included in the original park were rides, like trips to the moon or under the sea, replicas of different counties like Switzerland, and re-creations of events like the destruction of Pompeii.
If I could talk to these ancestors, I would like to ask the Richards and Eitelbachs, why they moved and more specifically, why they moved to Brooklyn. I would like to ask my grandmother about her experiences when the Brooklyn Bridge opened, and my mother about exactly what she did when she went to Luna Park.