Brooklynites celebrate the Battle of Brooklyn

Music, storytelling, reenactors, and more all helped the 69th Street American Veterans Memorial Pier come alive as Brooklynites celebrated the 239th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn.

Known as the largest battle of the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Brooklyn—sometimes known as the Battle of Long Island—took place on August 27, 1776.
And on August 22, 2015, the Waterfront Alliance, along with Councilmember Vincent Gentile and the New York City Parks Department, helped Brooklyn commemorate the historic day.

“We were very excited to continue to activate the Brooklyn waterfront,” said Waterfront Alliance Maritime Operations Manager Maggie Flanagan. “We had about 220 people enjoy the activities presented [that day].”

Flanagan also said that the Alliance’s mission is to “protect, transform, and revitalize our harbor and waterfront.

“For so many years, industrial uses and other kinds of decay, made it difficult for New Yorkers to enjoy the benefits of our great waterfront town,” she continued, “so right now we’re looking to revitalize it really through all these programs, in particular at the waterfront lines. What really inspires me, through the work I do here, is that it is an alliance of over 800 local groups, small business, and city agencies so we really get to particularly prioritize working with local partners and local community members to [focus on the waterfront.]”

The Waterfront Alliance has also organized a Sailor’s Carnival, set to take place on September 26, and a Pumpkinfest, scheduled for October 31.

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BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photos by Corazon Aguirre

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