On the west side of Brooklyn below Greenwood Heights, Sunset Park is a bustling and diverse community. With tons of places to shop, eat, and drink, this neighborhood is popular with both residents and tourists alike.
First settled in 1636 and fully settled in 1640, Sunset Park was one of the first Dutch settlements of New Amsterdam. Once the British took over in 1664, the area was split so half was part of Brooklyn and the other half was part of New Utrecht. The shore was used as a major port, especially during the American Revolution.
Due to Sunset Park's location, the area remained mostly farmland while other parts of Brooklyn were modernizing in the early to mid 1800's. Once the Green-Wood Cemetery opened in the 1840's, it drew large crowds, prompting ferry service from Manhattan and encouraging growth in the area.
A building boom, starting in the late 1800's, drew scores of people to the area. Subway lines were added, resulting in the…
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