Look Up, Brooklyn! A Walking Tour of Williamsburg
a walking tour in the Look Up, America series from walkthetown.com
by Doug Gelbert
published by Cruden Bay Books at Smashwords
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For more than a century after it was settled this enclave was a village called Bushwick Shore. In 1802, real estate specualtor Richard M. Woodhull purchased thirteen acres of land at the foot of today’s South 2nd Street and hired Benjamin Franklin’s grandnephew, Jonathan Williams, a United States Army engineer to survey his property. Woodhull named the proposed village in his honor and established a ferry to New York (then the island of Manhattan). The enterprise went bankrupt in 1811 but the tiny village trundled on and was incorporated into the Town of Bushwick in 1827.