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    Lightbrite
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    Williamsburg
    Lawrence
    Oceanside

    Even Queens and Brooklyn (are on the same piece of NY State land as Long Island!)

    Wow. Learning a lot!

    Thank you ☺

    #1410909

    Meno
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    What?

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    iacisrmma
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    This has been known since…..the 1700’s,

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    Neville ChaimBerlin
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    Let me know when you find the answer to why we don’t call Brooklyn “Kings.”

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    CTLAWYER
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    @NevilleChaimBerlin

    We also call Staten Island Richmond………..(or Manhattan..New York)

    Two theories:
    #1 There were a number of thriving Dutch settlements/communities in Brooklyn, then known as Brueckelen from the 1600s on. In fact, Gravesend rec’d it’s charter in 1645 before New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island,
    The Dutch influence predominated over the English who won the area in a naval conflict and established Kings County of the Province of New York.

    #2 The Revolutionary was was fought against the English King George III, so no one wanted to honor him by referring to the county as Kings. A revolution was not fought against a queen.

    #1411024

    Joseph
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    Been known in the 1500s too.

    Brooklyn is Kings County but the name of the borough is Brooklyn. Queens has the same name for both county and Borough.

    #1411023

    iacisrmma
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    It was called Brooklyn before it became known as Kings County. Brooklyn is derived from a Dutch word and was named long before the Counties existed. It was not required to change it’s name when it became known as Kings County in 1896.

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    lesschumras
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    Because Kings County originally was composed of the independent cities of Brooklyn and Williamsburg and the Townbc of Flatbush., Bushwick, New Utrecht, Flatlamds anb Gravesend. The City of Brooklyn gradually annexed the rest before becoming part of the City of New York in 1898. That’s why it’s called Brooklyn. Queens County, on the other hand , was still a collection of towns before 1898 so it is called Queens

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