Brooklyn is one of the southernmost neighborhoods in
Baltimore, Maryland. It is located near Anne Arundel County along Maryland Route 2. Its main roads are Potee Street, Hanover Street, and Patapsco Avenue. Often mistaken as Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn shares the 2005 ZIP Codewith Brooklyn Park (Anne Arundel County) and Cherry Hill (North over the Hanover Street Bridge), Brooklyn is within the Baltimore City limits.
Brooklyn is the location of the John R. Hargrove, Sr. District Court Building, located right off of Patapsco Avenue. There is also a host of industry in the region, mainly shipping ports,
rail yards, and oil tanks. Many car imports come through this area. As well as being the south end of the Harbor Tunnel that runs off I-895.
The Brooklyn neighborhood was included in the areas annexed to the City of Baltimore in 1918Citation
last=Duffy|first=Jim|title=Baltimore Seals Its Boarders|work= |pages=124-27|language=|journal=Baltimore Magazine|date=Dec. 2007|url= |accessdate= ] as a result of state legislation.cite book|last=Holcomb|first=Eric L.|authorlink= |title=The City as Suburb: A History of Northeast Baltimore Since 1660|publisher=Center Books for American Places|date=2005|location=Santa Fe, New Mexico|pages=121-23|url= |doi= |id= |isbn=1-930066-29-5] Prior to the annexation, the neighborhood had been part of Anne Arundel County.
Brooklyn is an ethnically diverse neighborhood, with mostly low income and lower middle class residents. Due to the close proximity of Cherry Hill and general neglect from the city of Baltimore, there has been an increase of crime and drug trafficking in the area, spreading out to Fairhaven Avenue and into the neighborhood of Curtis Bay. These are the same problems as most other low income neighborhoods in the city. Increased police presence and video cameras in the last few years have helped curb some crime, with a somewhat positive effect on the community. There are plans to gentrify the area, but little has to be seen as of late as Brooklyn remains a problematic neighborhood where
Bloodsgang members are concentrated. [ cite web | title="City man gets life in killing of girlfriend" | url=http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.briefs250jun25,0,1613130.story, The Baltimore Sun (April 17th, 2008) ]
Area projects and developments
*Hargrove District Court House
*The Masonville Cove Nature Center
*3700 Potee St is up for development by the BDC
*Fairfield Industrial Park (Fairfield is east of Brooklyn) is schedule for redevelopment.
*Gateway South is progressing, and right around the corner from Brooklyn.
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