Stories behind Brooklyn neighborhood names: Gravesend and Midwood

Tucked away off Ocean Parkways lies a neighborhood called Gravesend, named by Lady Deborah Moody after her hometown in England. Midwood was originally pronounced Midwout,

News 12 is uncovering the fun facts behind how many neighborhoods got their names.

News 12 is uncovering the fun facts behind how many neighborhoods got their names. (7/12/13)

GRAVESEND - There are 76 unique neighborhoods in Brooklyn, and News 12 is uncovering the stories behind how many of them got their names.

Tucked away off Ocean Parkways lies a neighborhood called Gravesend, named by Lady Deborah Moody after her hometown in England.

She became the first woman to receive a land patent in the New World, and set Gravesend apart from many other colonies by allowing religious freedom.

The neighborhood was once comprised of Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach, Sea Gate, Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach.

In between Gravesend and Flatbush is a neighborhood called Midwood. Midwood was originally pronounced Midwout, perhaps meaning Middle Woods, because of its forest.
 

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