6. Rapelye Street was named after the family of the first European child born in New Netherland

Rapelye Street in Carroll Gardens

Rapelye Street on the border of Carroll Gardens and Red Hook was named after the family of Sarah Rapelje, the first European child born in New Netherland. Her parents, Joris Jansen Rapelje and Catalina Trico, were among the first Dutch settlers to what would become New York, sailing to America in 1624. The couple helped build Fort Orange near present-day Albany, and one year later they gave birth to Sarah. After two years upstate, the family moved down to New Amsterdam to help build it up. They later moved to the village of Breuckelen, which would become Brooklyn, and eventually to Wallabout Bay.

Dutch authorities actually gifted Sarah a large tract of land in Wallabout for being the first European Christian female born in New Netherland. The family later owned property in Red Hook. Rapelye Street is only two blocks long and is mostly residential, with an entrance to DiMattina Playground.