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Canarsie Park

Seaview Ave. bet. Paerdegat Basin and E. 93 St., E. 102 St. and Fresh Creek Basin

Brooklyn

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

Canarsie Park and neighborhood take their name from the Canarsie (or Canarsee) Indians, who lived in western Long Island and were related to the Delawares. They called this area Keskachauge or Kestateuw, but the Dutch renamed it New Amersfoort soon after they settled here in the 1630s. The Canarsie Indians probably had a burial ground on the current parkland.

In 1675 Jan Martense Schenck, a Dutch immigrant, built a house in the area of New Amersfoort, on Mill Island, within the current boundaries of the park. When the British took control of the territory, the land called New Amersfoort became the Flatlands. The house consisted of two rooms, and was built as a simple box of 20 feet by 40 feet, but the family expanded the house into an L-shaped plan containing eleven rooms. It is believed that the house was either entirely refurbished or rebuilt during the 1720s.

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Directions to Canarsie Park

  • Canarsie Park
  • Canarsie Park Playground

Canarsie Park Weather

  • Sat
    Slight Chc Thunderstorms
    84°F
  • Sun
    Chance Thunderstorms
    84°F
  • Mon
    Chance Thunderstorms
    86°F
  • Tue
    Mostly Sunny
    82°F

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