Gravesend

Photos by Paul Frangipane Gravesend Cemetery is the oldest cemetery owned by New York City with graves dating back to the mid-1600s. The site of Gravesend’s founding at the intersection of Avenue U and Village Road North is marked by…

Bensonhurst

Bensonhurst’s 18th Avenue (Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard) is the site of the annual Feast of Santa Rosalia. The feast honors the patron saint of Palermo, Sicily. 18th Avenue has been co-named Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard since 1987 for the neighborhood’s large Italian…

Bay Ridge

Photos by Paul Frangipane The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects Brooklyn from Bay Ridge’s southern point to Staten Island. Now a neighborhood staple, the bridge was originally met by strong opposition by Bay Ridge residents, 8,000 of whom were displaced for its…