Becoming the "City of Churches"
The Old Brooklyn Eagle Building
You are facing the arched front entrance of the Eagle Warehouse, now converted into condominiums. The Brooklyn Bridge is behind you and the Fulton Ferry Landing is a bit in the distance to your right.
The warehouse sits on the approximate site of the Old Brooklyn Eagle Building. It was the home of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper from 1841. The paper published national and international affairs and local news in Brooklyn. It also played a vital role the city's self-identification. Try to imagine this time in Brooklyn. It was a city separate from Manhattan. Fulton Street was the only business route and there were country roads beyond City Hall.
Today, if you were to Google nicknames for Brooklyn, you would likely find "City of Churches" in your results. It was the Brooklyn Daily Eagle that coined this phrase. Our story begins in March of 1844. The Eagle proclaimed that Brooklyn would soon be called the "City of Churches" because, relative to its size, it contained more church buildings than any other city in the United States. Three months later, with the announcement of a new church, the Eagle began using the nickname and it stayed.
My name is Sarah and I am a resident of Brooklyn. I became interested in the story of the "City of Churches" while passing the apparently historic and numerous church buildings near the spot that I do my morning grocery shopping, just south of where you are now. Today I am going show you a few of the churches that witnessed the 1844 publication of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. We will go the to the churches in a minute, but first let's take look at the Southwest corner of the Eagle Warehouse. If you are facing the warehouse, turn to your right and walk straight on Old Fulton Street toward Elizabeth Place.