Sarah Vittetoe is a Brooklyn resident investigating how the New York City borough of Brooklyn became known as the "City of Churches". The story begins with an 1844 publication of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn's historic newspaper, which was responsible for coining the phrase that is to some extent still in use today.
Sarah will guide you on a well researched tour that discusses the home of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and the nearby churches that existed in 1844, specifically those that would have influenced the publication. You will be offered a thoughtful description of what would have existed at that time while traveling from Dumbo, near the Ferry Landing, to the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Listeners will learn of the historical and architectural significance of the Eagle Warehouse, the churches within Brooklyn Heights, as well as the streets, houses, and buildings along the way. She pulls from a variety of sources including historic maps, photographs, newspaper clippings, directories and texts; topographical data; books; contemporary blogs and online publications; and personal observation.
Your curiosity will be sparked by the discrepancies she finds within her own investigation as they are shared with you. Sarah also offers guidance for those who wish to continue the exploration of the 1844 "City of Churches" after completing the tour. Anyone interested in the architecture and art of the churches and buildings, the history of the churches, or the history the area and borough in general will enjoy this tour.
Old Fulton Street, Old Brooklyn Eagle Building (Eagle Warehouse), Church of the Saviour (First Unitarian Church), Church of the Holy Trinity (St. Ann and the Holy Trinity), Church of the Pilgrims (Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral)
Eagle Warehouse, 28 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
From High Street (.3 miles): Take the A or C line to the High Street stop. Head north on Cadman Plaza W toward Middagh St. Continue onto Old Fulton Street. Your destination will be on your left.
From York Street (.5 miles): Take the F line to the York Street Stop. Head North on Jay Street toward York Street. Turn left onto York Street. Turn left onto Front Street. Cross Old Fulton Street.
From the East River Ferry (.1 miles): Take the East River Ferry to the Dumbo stop. Head South on Old Fulton Street. Your destination will be on your right.
Places to stop along the way:
Ferry Landing, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Hillside Park, Squibb Park, Plymouth Church, St. George Hotel, Monroe Place Courthouse, Brooklyn Historical Society.
Best time to walk:
Sunrise to Sunset
Be cautious of traffic in the area of Old Futon Street and Columbia Heights.
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