Captain John M. Chell
2575 Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, 11223-5027
The 61st Precinct is located in the south end of Brooklyn. It is a residential area encompassing, Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach. There are 2 New York City Housing complexes. Gerritsen Beach is located on the Eastside of the Command and named after Wolphert Gerritsen, a settler there before the Revolutionary War. Gravesend, the word comes from two Anglo-Saxon words meaning: at the end of a grove of trees. It was named after the English seaport of Gravesend, Gravesham, Kent. Manhattan Beach, a seaside resort named after Manhattan in the 19th Century, is a fashionable residential area located across Sheepshead Bay. Kings Highway, named after King George III of England, was an old Indian path and one of the first highways of the borough. Midwood, located between Gravesend and Flatbush, comes from the Dutch word meaning "middle woods." For more information about the communities in the 61st Precinct, contact The Gravesend Historical Society or look for the Guide Map to Historical Sites in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Lundy's Restaurant is an historical site, a visible symbol of Sheepshead Bay, in its heyday, and exemplifying the resurgence of a nationally popular tourist attraction, re-opened after being closed for over 20 years. The re-opening has been a momentous event because of the fact that it is a designated historic landmark and significant to the improving attractions and quality of life within the Sheepshead Bay area.