Prepare for ‘Battle Week’

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Two hundred thirty three years ago, the British defeated George Washington in the Battle of Brooklyn — but you can still root for the underdog this weekend.

Yes, the massive British army, pushing up from Bay Ridge, forced the rebels back towards what is now J.J. Byrne Park in Park Slope. Washington, seeing that he couldn’t win, fled by the skin on his wooden teeth, leaving some troops to die, but saving the bulk of his army to fight, and win, another day.

To celebrate that fact, start on Friday with a walk in and around Prospect Park. Then, on Saturday, honor the Maryland martyrs with a ceremony at a monument inside the park. There’s also an all-day reception at the Old Stone House.

The big event of the weekend is the annual battle re-enactment, parade, and commemorative ceremony at Green-Wood Cemetery on Sunday.

Battle of Brooklyn Neighborhood Walk [meet at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park, at Union Street and Eastern Parkway, (718) 768-3195], Friday, Aug. 28, 6 pm; $12; Maryland 400 Remembrance Ceremony [enter at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th Street to Wellhouse Drive, then uphill to the monument, (718) 768-3195], Saturday, Aug. 29, 11 am; Battle Days Reception at the Old Stone House [Fifth Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets in J.J. Byrne Park, (718) 768-3195], Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 am–5 pm: Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration at Green-Wood Cemetery [500 25th St. at Fifth Avenue in Greenwood Heights, (718) 768-7300], Sunday, Aug. 30, 10 am–3 pm.

Updated 5:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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freddy from slope says:
fact check?

isnt this park washington park now?
Aug. 25, 2009, 3:08 pm
Pat K from South Brooklyn says:
Yes. I would urge people and try and attend some of these events. Most are free and you be suprised what you could learn- and the kids!

We live in an area that ( althouigh a loss- and a retreat by gen. Washingto, many brave people lost their lives to the british and those nasty Hessians they employed. Many of the Maryland 400 are belived to be buried right off of 8th, St. and 3rd Ave. When Vetrans of the neighborhood years ago- 1950's tried to have a Historic landmark status given, the Goverment called the area a sum. Too bad because in many ways it is just as important as Civil war battfileds. I think its a leasson that needs to be taught over and over again.
Aug. 26, 2009, 1:27 pm

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