1638 Bushwick Shore Founded: Originally a part of Bushwick, the land that is currently Williamsburg was purcahsed from the Native Americans in 1638 by the Dutch West India Company. The name and appropriation lasted for 140 years.
1827 Williamsburg is Born: In 1827, a small part of modern day Williamsburg was appropriated as the “Village of Williamsburg.”
1840 City of Williamsburg: After being appropriated, the Village took advantage of the waterfront, creating refinery jobs like at the Domino Factory. Williamsburg was very self-sufficient andwas appropriated as its own city.
1840-1898 Golden Age: Williamsburg was thriving serving as a large upscale area fueled by the wealthy waterfront properties and high end commercial areas. At one point it housed 10% of America’s wealth.
1898-1940 Williamsburg Bridge: In 1903, the bridge was built marking a turning point for the city as it created access to Manhattan creating a residential/ industrial connection.
World War II Mid 1900’s: The post-War population shift had an extremely negative impact on the community as homeless soldiers, poor immigrants, and drug traders flooded the city driving down value and raising crime rates.
1970-1990 Depreciation: Because of the low land value and easy access to Manhattan, it became a haven for immigrant workers and artists that would help bring back the community and give it an identity.
2005 Gentrification: Today, Williamsburg is amid a huge gentrification period hoping to bring back wealth from their waterfront properties and increase the land value of the neighborhood.
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