Georgetown, Brooklyn

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Georgetown is a small neighborhood located in southeastern Brooklyn. It is considered a subset of Bergen Beach.

Georgetown is bounded by Ralph Avenue to the west, Veterans Avenue to the south, either Avenue T or Avenue U to the southeast, and Paerdegat Basin to the northeast.

History[edit]

The neighborhood was undeveloped until the 1960s, when a community of 400 two-story colonials called Georgetowne Greens was proposed.[1] Around the same time, Mayor John Lindsay sought to build a 904-unit middle-class project called Harbour Village in the same area. Harbour Village would be a Mitchell-Lama development; the uncertainty of whether it would be approved brought new construction on Georgetowne Greens to a halt.

The New York City Board of Estimate approved Harbour Village by an 18-0 vote on March 25, 1971, but ultimately rejected the proposal after public outcry by the mostly white, mostly well-off residents of nearby Bergen Beach and Mill Basin.[2] By that point, interest in Georgetowne Greens had waned, and the project was terminated. The first houses built for the development still remain.[3]

The area is now the site of a new combined sewer overflow (CSO) facility for Paerdegat Basin. The CSO facility was completed in August 2011.[4]

Governance[edit]

The area is part of Brooklyn Community Board 18.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Week three: Georgetown". The Weekly Nabe. 
  2. ^ "Harbour Village revisited". The Weekly Nabe. 
  3. ^ "A tranquil slice of suburbia". The Weekly Nabe. 
  4. ^ "Paerdegat Basin CSO Facility". The City of New York. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Brooklyn Community Boards, New York City. Accessed December 31, 2007.

Coordinates: 40°37.5′0″N 73°55′0″W / 40.62500°N 73.91667°W / 40.62500; -73.91667