Gerritsen Beach resembles a quaint fishing village on the southern coast of Brooklyn, New York. This site is an opportunity to find out what it was like to live there. (New York Times review of the site.)
a sample chapter from a book under development tentatively titled Early Gerrittsen Beach, by Lorraine DeVoy et al.
Stories told by people from Gerritsen Beach
(Current Gerritsen Beach real estate listings.)
Where did your family live? Check from
Where Was It? Going South Along Gerritsen Avenue
Including some old advertisements:
The Brooklyn Bridge in 1902:
The Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department
by Major Charles H. Rule, 1974
Charles Geary (Charley the Midget) is killed by a hit-and-run driver in 1971.
Underworld auto graveyard in Gerritsen Beach
A Daily News article about Hanna and Artie Richard
Housing Project on Shellbank Creek
Planned but never built.
Ginny Holmes Powell relates her parents' flying days; newspaper accounts of the field's dedication.
Gerritsen Beach's Holmes Family
They set up a bus line, built the Graham, organized the St. James Band, Girl Scouts, and more.
Girls of Gerritsen Beach Make Their Own Fun Within Reach of Home (1940)
A newspaper description of a 1940 Girl Scout Camp
Universal Shoots Movie Scene at Gerritsen Beach
Newspaper article about City Across the River.
1924 News--Good and Bad
Interesting comments on events and mores in 1924.
1953 Little League Roster of Players
Frank Frerichs and the Digging out of Hog Creek
Three 1933-34 articles (including photos) about the digging out of Hog Creek to transform Plumb Island into Plumb Beach. Also a short bio of Frank Frerichs, the president of the GB Chamber of Commerce who made it happen.
new and old Advertising
Books Related to Gerritsen Beach
All Year Homes for Sale, 1924
A 1924 ad for Gerritsen Beach houses.
1925 Real Estate Offering for the Stores Between Devon and Everett Avenues
Fascinating pictures of early Gerritsen Beach in a 1925 brochure offering the stores between Devon and Everett Avenues for sale.
St. James Lutheran Church
Resurrection Catholic Church
Remember Miss MacDavitt?
Brooklyn Land Grants Related to Gerritsen Beach
What the Indians really got paid.
Gerritsen Creek, the Mill, and the Whitney Mansion
Some brief historical notes. Pictures of the mill and mansion appear in the Photo Gallery.
Irma Stillufen's Profile of the Early Gerritsen Beach
Gerritsen Beach's most well-known historian.
Last changed: September 29, 2004
I Remember the good old days