'Za Battle of Brooklyn

'Za Battle of Brooklyn

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New York, NY / Activities / Good for Kids

Did you know that Brooklyn was the first and largest battleground of the American Revolutionary War? As luck would have it, Brooklyn also boasts some of the best pizza in the world. Let's enlighten those bellies and go back in time with a tri-cornered slice in hand. Enjoy 'Za Battle of Brooklyn.

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1. Di Fara Pizza

Di Fara Pizza

1424 Avenue J New York, NY, 11230

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Di Fara Pizza has been voted #1 New York City Pizzeria for 8 Years Running by Zagat. While Lombardi's in Soho and Grimaldi's in DUMBO are considered by many to be the best, Di Fara is certainly giving them a run for their money. Di Fara is run by thin-crust Da Vinci, Dom Demarco. But remember to save room, we end our tour with another hot and delicious pie in your hands.
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2. The Green-Wood Cemetery

The Green-Wood Cemetery

500 25th St New York, NY, 11232

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The first shots of the were fired near present-day 39st. and 4th ave., in front of Greenwood Cemetery. It all started in a little watermelon patch near the Red Lion Inn on August 27, 1776. Take a walk up to Battle Hill to see a memorial statue and a great view of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island. It is said that the eyeline of Minerva is the same as the Statue of Liberty. Judge for yourself. While you're here at the cemetery, you can also visit Jean-Michel Basquiat, Boss Tweed and Luis Comfort Tiffany.
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3. Prospect Park

Grand Army Plaza

Flatbush Ave New York, NY, 11217

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Present day Flatbush Ave. used to be one of the three primary roads into Brooklyn. The Americans scattered from the Red Lion Inn and retreated here. The British had surrounded them with thousands of troops that sneaked through the Jamaica Pass the previous night. The British attacked from the rear and the Americans were routed.
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4. Fort Greene Park

Fort Greene Park

Myrtle Ave New York, NY,

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The British occupied Brooklyn until the Revolutionary war ended. American prisoners of war were held on ships that became large floating prisons, near today's artistically industrious Navy Yard. See the memorial for the troops that died on British ships.
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5. Old Stone House

Old Stone House

Kings, NY, 11215

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During the the American retreat, 400 Maryland troops attacked the British, trying to buy time for the others to withdraw. 256 of them were killed in the assaults in front of the Old Stone House (Vechte-Cortelyou House)and over 100 were captured or wounded. Washington, watching from a redoubt on nearby Cobble Hill (intersection of today's Court Street and Atlantic Avenue), was to have said, "Good God, what brave fellows I must this day lose!"
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6. Fulton Ferry Landing

Empire Fulton Ferry

3 New Dock Street Kings, NY, 11201

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At 11:00 p.m. American troops began to evacuate the troops. By 7:00 am, the last American troops landed in Manhattan. All 9,000 troops had been evacuated without a single life lost.
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7. Grimaldi's Pizza

Grimaldi's Pizza

1 Front St New York, NY, 11201

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Now that you've worked up an appetite walking through through 1776, ration yourself a pie. Check out Grimaldi’s Pizza, which is arguably the best in town. Don't be alarmed by the line, it moves fast. Bring cash, because they don't take plastic. If you still have room, stop by Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory down the street for dessert.
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