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Bensonhurst Park

Cropsey Ave. bet. 21 Ave. and Bay Pkwy.


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

This site and the surrounding neighborhood of Bensonhurst grew exponentially following the construction of steam railroads in the 1870s. This new technology led to the development of the agricultural town of New Utrecht, located in the southwestern region of what is now Brooklyn. In the late 1880s, developer James Lynch bought land here from the prominent Benson family, planted five thousand shade trees, and built 1000 villas. Lynch named his newly-built community Bensonhurst-by-the-Sea after the Bensons, whose ancestry could be traced to the earliest Dutch settlers. Stretching from 20th to 23rd Avenues and from 78th Street to Gravesend Bay, the 350-acre town encompassed the present-day neighborhoods of Bath Beach and Bensonhurst.

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  • Bensonhurst Park baseball field

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