Brooklyn is always changing, always propelling itself forward, leaving behind a comet’s tail of history. And, really, it is our history that makes our present possible. However, tackling all of Brooklyn’s history is something we’ve done before. And, to paraphrase Walt Whitman, Brooklyn contains multitudes. So, for our purposes, those multitudes can be divided into all of Brooklyn’s varied neighborhoods, each with a specific and distinct past and personality. So, we’re going to go back into the history of each of these neighborhoods, to understand better where they came from, where they are now, and maybe where they’ll be headed. First off is Williamsburg, a part of Brooklyn that has a long and storied history, most of which has nothing to do with fixed gear bikes. Obviously.
This is a timeline of one Brooklyn neighborhood, its past and present, its people and places.