Map and Photos of Boerum Hill Boerum Hill is named for the colonial farm of the Boerum family that occupied most of the area. Born in New Lots, the family of Simon Boerum (1724-1775) had a family farm in the area during the 18th Century. Simon Boerum served as county clerk for 25 years, a member of the New York General Assembly between 1761 and 1775, and was a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1774 and 1775. He died at his home in Brooklyn Ferry in July, 1775.
Most of the housing consists of three-story row houses built between 1840 and 1870.
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