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Tide mills were used in Red Hook to grind grain into flour.  They were also used to grind ginger.  Water from the twice daily high tides was captured in mill ponds. A gate could be opened, sending the water rushing down a channel and...

"No man ever, perhaps, got so much the best of old Beard as did Louis Heineman, the housemover of the Twelfth ward.” (The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 19, 1891)   When Louis Heineman died in 1904, he was reportedly 104 years old, and likely the...

Conover Street was most likely named after John Conover who in 1757 owned a large property bordering on a mill pond, which was roughly defined by today's Court, Summit and Hamilton Streets. An article in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle , February 26, 1910...

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