New York City Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to the Five Boroughs of the Metropolis: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Richmond

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East Brooklyn

CROWN HEIGHTS -- EAST FLATBUSH --
BROWNSVILLE -- EAST NEW YORK AND NEW
LOTS -- CANARSIE -- FLATLANDS -- BARREN
ISLAND

Area: Fulton St. (Nostrand to Jamaica Ave.) and Jamaica Ave. (to borough line) on the north to Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay on the south; from Gerritsen and Nostrand Aves. east to the borough line.

Principal highways: Eastern Parkway, Pitkin Ave., Utica Ave., Flatbush Ave., and Kings Highway.

Transportation: IRT New Lots subway, Nostrand Ave. to New Lots Ave. stations; IRT Flatbush Ave. subway, President St. to Flatbush Ave. stations; BMT 14th St.Canarsie subway, Atlantic Ave. to Rockaway Parkway (Canarsie) stations.

EAST BROOKLYN, the site of some of the earliest settlements on Long Island, now consists of modern residential communities, a few slum areas, and bleak, sparsely settled stretches along Jamaica Bay.

CROWN HEIGHTS, for the most part a lower middle-class residential area, lies on both sides of the ridge of Eastern Parkway. The section was known as Crow Hill until 1916, when Crown Street was cut through.

1. BROOKLYN CHILDREN'S MUSEUM, Brooklyn Avenue and Park Place, was the first of its kind in the world. (Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.; admission free.) Founded in 1899 by the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, it is housed in two rambling old dwellings in Brower Park. An average of five hundred thousand children come here each year to study the collections, contributed by the institute, and to take part in actual geological, botanical, or ethnological research under the guidance of trained staff members. Lectures and educational movies are scheduled throughout the year. Almost all the exhibits may be handled by children.

The exhibits include stuffed birds and animals, collections of insects and minerals, examples of handicraft and costume design, and models

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