Brooklyn and Town Plot: Introduction
Named for that other city across the river in New York, Brooklyn was developed after the creation of the park-like Riverside Cemetery in the 1850s. A wooden bridge over the Naugatuck River was erected at Bank Street in 1853, followed by more substantial bridges in the 19th century as the neighborhood developed. Two railroads served manufacturing activities in the area, and later in the 19th century, the Waterbury trolley was laid out through the center of Brooklyn to the Hellmann & Kipp's brewery. By the end of the century, 5,000 people lived in Brooklyn.
Lying along the industrial corridor at the Naugatuck River, Brooklyn was a center for Lithuanian, Irish and Italian communities. One of the most vibrant commercial centers in a city neighborhood flourished in Brooklyn. This center was severed in the flood of 1955 and highway construction and urban renewal projects of the 1960s and 1970s.