Brooklyn (Jacksonville)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Brooklyn
Neighborhood of Jacksonville
Fidelity National Finance located on Riverside Avenue in Brooklyn.
Fidelity National Finance located on Riverside Avenue in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn is located in Central Jacksonville
Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Location within Central Jacksonville
Coordinates: 30°19′19″N 81°40′34″W / 30.321919°N 81.676162°W / 30.321919; -81.676162
Government
 • City Council Warren A. Jones
 • State Assembly Reggie Fullwood
 • State Senate Audrey Gibson
 • U.S. House Corrine Brown (D)
Area[1]
 • Total 1.30 km2 (0.502 sq mi)
 • Land 1.30 km2 (0.502 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 325
 • Density 250/km2 (647/sq mi)
  [1]
ZIP Code 32202, 32204
Area code(s) 904

Brooklyn is a neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida, considered part of Downtown. Originally a residential suburb, commercial uses became prominent during the 20th century, particularly along the St. Johns River and Riverside Avenue, and the area became included in Jacksonville's central business district. In the 21st century, it has become the site of mixed-use developments.

Location[edit]

Sculpture on the Jacksonville Riverwalk in Brooklyn

Brooklyn is located along the St. Johns River, south of Lavilla and the Downtown Core, and immediately north of Riverside. It is roughly bounded by McCoy's Creek and the CSX Railroad lines to the north, the river to the east, and Interstate 95 to the south and west. Brooklyn has come to be considered part of Jacksonville's greater downtown.[2]

History[edit]

The area was first settled in 1801, when Phillip Dell started a large 800-acre plantation there known as Dell's Bluff. Dell's Bluff changed hands several times before the American Civil War. After the war it was acquired by Miles Price, who sold the southern half of the property to be developed as the suburb of Riverside. The northern section he retained and developed himself as Brooklyn.[3]

It appears that Price gave Brooklyn its name, but it is not known why a former staunch Confederate would have chosen a name so associated with the New York borough of Brooklyn. Price's Brooklyn was initially a residential suburb, growing quickly with the establishment of a streetcar line. The area held a population of 1,000 and a few hundred homes and mansions. In 1887 Brooklyn and several other suburbs were annexed by Jacksonville. It remained primarily residential into the 20th century, but it eventually developed into a commercial and industrial area with the increasing use of the railway. In the late 20th century, a number of commercial skyscrapers and other building were constructed along the river and Riverside Avenue.[3]

Subsequently, a rift emerged between the office-centered part of the neighborhood on the river and the traditional neighborhood further inland. As such, the city developed plans in the late 20th and early 21st century to reintroduce residential zoning and mixed-use development.[3][4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brooklyn neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida (FL), 32202, 32204 subdivision profile - real estate, apartments, condos, homes, community, population, jobs, income, ...
  2. ^ "Celebrating the River: A Plan for Downtown Jacksonville" (PDF). www.coj.net. City of Jacksonville. 2000. pp. 20–21. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Wood, pp. 105–107.
  4. ^ "History of Downtown: Brooklyn" (html). Downtown Vision inc. 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 

References[edit]