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4 of New York’s oldest buildings are in Brooklyn. Here’s a map

The oldest building in the city dates back to 1652, and is in Flatbush.

Curbed's map of the oldest buildings in New York. (Screenshot)

Earlier this week Curbed had a fantastic unit of content, mapping out the 20 oldest buildings in New York City. Four of them are in Brooklyn, including the oldest one in the city, which dates back to 1652.

The whole thing is worth a read, and a good example of new technology (mapmaking) being used in media. We picked out the four houses from Brooklyn.

From Curbed:

Wykoff Farmhouse Museum, East Flatbush

“In 1652, the Flatlands section of Brooklyn was centered around the Dutch village of New Amersfoort. That year, Pieter Claesen Wyckoff—a former indentured servant from Rensselaerswyck near Albany—and his wife Grietje, moved to Brooklyn and likely built this one-room farmhouse where they raised their 11 children.”

Jan Martense Schenck House, Crown Heights

“Brooklyn’s second-oldest home stood for 275 years in the Mill Basin section of Flatlands (at 2133 East 63rd Street), about a 45-minute walk from the Wyckoffs’ farm.”

Hendrick I. Lott House, Marine Park

“In 1719, Johannes Lott acquired a farm in——you guessed it——Flatlands and built a one-room home very similar to the Wyckoff house. In the 1790s, Johannes’s grandson, Hendrick, expanded the farmhouse, moving his grandfather’s original building to the other side of the property to serve as the kitchen.”

Old Stone House, Park Slope

“The Old Stone House in Park Slope was built in 1699 and demolished in 1897. This reconstruction——using some original material——dates to 1933.”

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Series: Brooklyn

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