Map and Photos of Marine Park The neighborhoods's most important landmark is the Hendrik I. Lott House, a farmhouse built in 1800 by a family of farmers whose direct descendents lived in the house until 1989. The 200-acre farm, powered by slave labor, supplied vegetables and wheat to Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Lotts freed their slaves in 1805, long before abolition in New York State (1827). The house, located at 1940 East 36th Street, is undergoing renovation and will eventually become a museum open to the public.
The neighborhood got its name in the 1920's when the Federal government planned to make the area around Jamaica Bay the site of the world's largest port (a plan that was abandoned because of the Depression). The park itself, at 798 acres, is the largest in the Borough of Brooklyn. The NY Times describes Marine Park as "a neighborhood of police officers, firefighters, postal workers, and city employees." Marine Park has no subway stop; bus service runs along Gerritsen and Nostrand Avenues.
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