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Blame it on the Dutch. Brooklyn is awash in place names that are hard to wrap your tongue around. Read on for the origins and most common pronunciation of each. How do you pronounce these Brooklyn place names?

NEW UTRECHT AVE
Origin: New Utrecht, named for the Dutch city of Utrecht, was one of six towns that was incorporated into Kings County
Pronounced: YOO-trek

Sunset Park photo by The AllNite Images via Flickr.

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This post courtesy of Explore Brooklyn, an all-inclusive guide to the businesses, neighborhoods, and attractions that make Brooklyn great.

Before Brooklyn was a cultural and arts destination, it was first a Dutch settlement known as Breuckelen — named after the town of Breukelen in the Netherlands. The Dutch colonized what is now present-day Brooklyn in 1646, establishing six different towns with defined borders. These original towns eventually became English settlements, and then the settlements were consolidated to create the City of Brooklyn. (Brooklyn wasn’t incorporated into greater New York City until 1898.)

The original six Brooklyn towns that would become Brooklyn were Bushwick, Brooklyn, Flatlands, Gravesend, New Utrecht and Flatbush. Present-day Brooklyn neighborhoods bearing these names are located roughly in the center of each of these original towns. Here are a few details of those six original towns, when Brooklyn looked a whole lot different than it does today.

Map of Brooklyn towns via Ephemeral New York.