List of former municipalities in New York City

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The City of Greater New York was formed in 1898 through the consolidation of a number of municipalities, some of which were themselves consolidated from smaller municipalities. This article lists the towns and cities that have formerly existed within the current boundaries of New York City from the time the British assumed control of New Amsterdam up until the 1898 consolidation.

Manhattan[edit]

  • City of New York
  • Town of New Harlem (Nieuw Haarlem) - chartered 1658, annexed to New York in 1666[1][2]

The Bronx[edit]

Map of Westchester County, including the portion that would later become The Bronx, in 1867.
Main article: History of The Bronx

The Bronx was annexed from Westchester County by New York County (and New York City) in 1874 (west of Bronx River) and 1895 (east of it). Those two parts were established as a separate borough upon the consolidation of Greater New York in 1898, but was not legally established as a separate county, Bronx County, until 1914.

  • Town of Eastchester (part) - annexed to New York in 1895
  • Town of Kingsbridge - separated from Yonkers in 1873; annexed to New York in 1874
  • Town of Morrisania - separated from West Farms in 1855; annexed to New York in 1874
  • Town of Pelham (part) - annexed to New York in 1895
  • Town of Westchester - annexed to New York in 1895
  • Town of West Farms - separated from Westchester Town in 1846; annexed to New York in 1874
  • Town of Yonkers (part) - the part that would later be incorporated into the Bronx separated as Kingsbridge in 1873

Kings County[edit]

Main article: History of Brooklyn

When it was created in 1688 Kings County contained six towns.[3][4] The City of Brooklyn eventually annexed the other towns and cities in Kings County between 1854 and 1896, before itself becoming part of New York City in 1898.[5]

  • Town of Brooklyn, founded as "Breuckelen" in 1646, Brooklyn was one of the "Six Towns" of Kings County; incorporated as a city in 1834
  • Village of Brooklyn, incorporated within the town in 1816 (its boundaries roughly match those of present-day neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights),[6] became part of the city of Brooklyn in 1834
  • City of Brooklyn, the entire town of Brooklyn became a city in 1834.[7]
  • Town of Bushwick - founded as "Boswijck" in 1661, annexed to Brooklyn in 1854
  • Town of Flatbush - founded as "Midwout" in 1652; was county seat of Kings County; annexed to Brooklyn in 1894
  • Town of Flatlands - founded as "New Amersfoort" in 1647; annexed to Brooklyn in 1896
  • Town of Gravesend - founded in 1645; annexed to Brooklyn in 1894
  • Town of New Lots - separated from Flatbush in 1852; annexed to Brooklyn in 1886
  • Town of New Utrecht - founded in 1657; annexed to Brooklyn in 1894
  • Village of Williamsburgh -incorporated within Bushwick in 1827; became a separate town in 1840
  • Town of Williamsburgh -separated from Bushwick in 1840; became a city in 1851 and lost the final "h"
  • City of Williamsburg - incorporated in 1851, it was annexed to city of Brooklyn in 1854

Queens County[edit]

Main article: Queens § History

All of Flushing, Jamaica, Long Island City, and Newtown, as well as the Rockaway Peninsula portion of Hempstead, consolidated into Greater New York in 1898. The rest of Hempstead and the Towns of North Hempstead and Oyster Bay split from Queens County to form Nassau County in 1899.

Richmond County[edit]

Staten Island in 1891

All of Staten Island consolidated into Greater New York in 1898.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gibson, Ellen (2004). Gibson's New York Legal Research Guide. Buffalo: Wm. S. Hein. p. 765.  p. 409: "English patents granted [in 1666 and 1678] made New York City coextensive with Manhattan Island, Harlem effectively became a town within the city."
  2. ^ For example, see Colton, Topographical Map of the City and County of New York, 1836, (at http://www.davidrumsey.com/) which shows by a thin line "original boundary between New York and Harlem"
  3. ^ Brooklyn Revealed Interactive map of six original towns
  4. ^ Ellis, Edward Robb (1966). The Epic of New York City. Old Town Books. p. 53. 
  5. ^ Jackson, Kenneth (1995). Encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven: Yale University Press. 
  6. ^ Stiles, Henry Reed (1867-9). The Village of Brooklyn in 1816. Compiled from the first village map of that date by Jeremiah Lott, and Lott's map of the Pierrepont Estate of 1819. 
  7. ^ Gibson, Ellen M (1998). Gibson's New York Legal Research Guide. Buffalo: William S. Hein & Co.  p. 403: "In 1834, over the objections of New York [City], it [(Brooklyn)] became a city comprising the entire area of the former town of Brooklyn."
  8. ^ "Pluralism Commentary". Religion and Ethic Newsweekly. PBS. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  9. ^ 1891 Map of Queens County, New York
  10. ^ a b c Riker, James, Jr. (1852). The annals of Newtown, in Queens County, New York. New York: Fanshaw.  p. 26