1. Marine Park Was Once Known as Strom Kill

Jamaica Bay-1898 Map of the Borough of Brooklyn Published for the Brooklyn Directory-NYPL Map Collection-NYC-21898 “Map of the Borough of Brooklyn Published for the Brooklyn Directory” from NYPL Digital Collections.

In the Dutch era, the neighborhood that is now Marine Park was once known as Strom(e) Kill. Kill means riverbed or waterway in Dutch. It was later referred to as Gerritsen’s Creek, after the Dutch family that settled the area, and as Mill Pond. The area was marshy and the bay filled with small islands. The name Marine Park was only conceived in the 1930s, following the development of the park.

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