Tuesday March 27, 2018
Before I moved to Bay Ridge, I lived on Corbin Place for 20 years, a predominantly Jewish Community on a street sandwiched between Manhattan Beach and Brighton Beach. Councilman takes notorious anti-Semite's name off street named Corbin Place NY Post - March 27, 2018
A Brooklyn councilman has backed the renaming of a borough street honoring a notorious anti-Semite and rechristening it with a more deserving namesake. Corbin Place in Brighton Beach was named after 19th-century robber baron Austin Corbin, father of the Long Island Rail Road and an open anti-Semite. The onetime secretary of the American Society for the Suppression of Jews often used the word exterminate in relation to Jewish Americans.
The half-mile-long street will still be called Corbin Place - but now after early patriot Margaret Corbin, who fought in the Battle of Fort Washington, in 1776, said City Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D-Sheepshead Bay). The only cost will be the posting of a smaller street sign for "Margaret Corbin Place" under one of the current "Corbin Place" markers. A ceremony is set for next month. Today Corbin Place has become home to many in the Russian community who are drawn to live by the water.
In August 2017 ripples from violent racial protests in Charlottesville reached Brooklyn. Religious leaders had two plaques removed marking Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's stay in the Brooklyn. They had been outside St. John's Episcopal Church in Bay Ridge since 1912. Removing Two Robert E. Lee Plagues in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Confederate statue removals continue into 2018.
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