Map and Photos of Greenwood Heights A primarily working-class neighborhood of Italian-American, Polish, South American and Mexican immigrants, the Greenwood Heights neighborhood takes its name from the Green-Wood Cemetary, which opened in 1842. Watch a video presentation about the Green-Wood Cemetary from Channel 13/WNET's The City Concealed series
Much of the area's housing was developed circa 1900 with the construction of the 4th Avenue El train (which is now the N/R underground subway). The name, like many neighborhood names in Brooklyn, was coined by real estate developers, but it's not a new name: the Greenwood Heights is used for the area around the cemetery as early as 1846 (when you could take a ferry from Canal Street in Manhattan directly to a 1-mile long pier off Gowanus Bay that led to the cemetery, and was promoted to visitors as a convenient way to get to the cemetery for sightseeing). If you'd like to see how hilly Brooklyn was before being flattened by developers, have a stroll around the Green-Wood Cemetery.
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