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Gravesend


Runs from Bay Parkway and Avenue P on the north, Ocean Parkway to the east, and the Shore
Belt Parkway on the south.

Gravesend was one of the original towns in the Dutch colony of “New Netherland,” noted for being founded by a
woman, Lady Deborah Moody. Several historic landmarks remain from colonial times including the Moody House
and the Van Sicklen family cemetery. The picturesque atmosphere has also been preserved with one- and two-family
homes sitting on quaint tree-lined streets. Modern mansions, several in Spanish-style red-and-tan brick with sloping
stucco roofs, are also common in the neighborhood. Along Avenues S, T, U and Ocean Parkway are some of the most
expensive residences in Brooklyn, especially on the wider and deeper lots that allow for grand single-family homes,
many with elaborate landscaping.

Much debate continues over the origins of the name “Gravesend.” Many say that Gravesend either comes from the
Dutch “grafe end,” which means “the end of the grove,” or from the fact that many of the roads end at the cemetery
where Lady Moody is buried. The most logical explanation for “Gravesend,” however, isn’t as romantic; it is probably
named after the British seacoast town.