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Building Brooklyn: Like Coming Home

WFUV's Cityscape is pleased to bring you Building Brooklyn, a mini-series from Brooklyn Public Library about four neighborhoods that made Brooklyn the vibrant, diverse borough it is today. This is Episode 1.

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In the middle of the 20th century, a ten square block area in North Gowanus was home to the largest Mohawk settlement outside of Canada. In this episode of Building Brooklyn, we hear about the Mohawk women who built that community while their husbands and fathers were building skyscrapers. The episode goes back hundreds of years in Gowanus and tells the story of the original inhabitants of Brooklyn: the Lenape people, who gave the neighborhood its name.