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New Utrecht




The “old” Dutch Reformed Church of New Utrecht, built in 1828—a replacement for the original, built in 1700 two blocks to the west.


The church is now undergoing renovation. Like its neighborhood, it has served many distinct communities.


The Friends of Historic New Utrecht have recreated the “Liberty Pole” that defied the British in 1776.


Streets are constantly being renamed to suit the P.C. demands of the moment.…


New Utrecht Avenue, imagined by your author as the “trail to Red Hook,” is now blessed with an elevated subway train line.


Kings Highway originally extended to The Narrows across these blocks of 84th Street.


Looking north on New Utrecht Avenue from 84th Street, a row of auto body shops and parts dealers.


The north side of 84th Street west of New Utrecht Avenue—a clean, unpretentious, self-respecting blue-collar residential area.


A Baptist church, built in the 1890s, stands today on the site of the original octagonal D.R. church built in 1700.


A prominent historical marker in the graveyard next to the church recalls a dramatic moment of the American Revolution.


A detail of the marker offers a rendering of what a local house might have looked like. It compares with the Wyckoff house of Flatlands.


The opposite corner of the graveyard (now 84th Street & 16th Avenue) is the precise spot your author has imagined for the Dordrecht family home.


For reasons lost to time, the graveyard is owned by New York City, not the Baptist church or the Dutch Reformed church. Perhaps that explains its appalling disrepair. This is where Thomas Dordrecht’s grandfather would have been buried (if he weren’t fictional)!


In Milestone Park (at 82nd Street & 18th Avenue), the replacement for the 1741 original spells out distances to important landmarks along the highway.

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