List of former municipalities in New York City

The City of Greater New York was formed in 1898 through the consolidation of a number of municipalities, some of which were themselves consolidated from smaller municipalities. This article lists the towns and cities that have formerly existed within the current boundaries of New York city, from the time the British assumed control of New Amsterdam until the 1898 consolidation. The term "town" refers to county divisions usually known as townships elsewhere.


The Bronx

Map of Westchester County, including the portion that would later become The Bronx, in 1867.
Main article: History of The Bronx

The Bronx was annexed from Westchester County by New York County (and New York City) in 1874 (west of Bronx River) and 1895 (east of it). Those two parts were established as a separate borough upon the consolidation of Greater New York in 1898, but was not legally established as a separate county, Bronx County, until 1914.

Kings County

Main article: History of Brooklyn

When it was created in 1688 Kings County contained six towns.[6][7] The City of Brooklyn eventually annexed the other towns and cities in Kings County between 1854 and 1896, before itself becoming part of New York City in 1898.[8]

Queens County

Main article: Queens § History

All of Flushing, Jamaica, Long Island City, and Newtown, as well as the Rockaway Peninsula portion of Hempstead, consolidated into Greater New York in 1898. The rest of Hempstead and the Towns of North Hempstead and Oyster Bay split from Queens County to form Nassau County in 1899. Prior to consolidation, Lloyd Neck, which was then part of the Town of Oyster Bay and had earlier been known as Queens Village, seceded from Queens County and became part of the Town of Huntington in Suffolk County in 1885.[11][12]

Richmond County

Staten Island in 1891

All of Staten Island consolidated into Greater New York in 1898.


  1. Gibson, Ellen (2004). Gibson's New York Legal Research Guide (PDF). Buffalo: Wm. S. Hein. p. 409. English patents granted [in 1666 and 1678] made New York City coextensive with Manhattan Island, Harlem effectively became a town within the city.
  2. For example, see Colton, Topographical Map of the City and County of New York, 1836, (at which shows by a thin line "original boundary between New York and Harlem"
  6. Brooklyn Revealed Interactive map of six original towns
  7. Ellis, Edward Robb (1966). The Epic of New York City. Old Town Books. p. 53.
  8. Jackson, Kenneth (1995). Encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  9. Stiles, Henry Reed (1867-9). The Village of Brooklyn in 1816. Compiled from the first village map of that date by Jeremiah Lott, and Lott's map of the Pierrepont Estate of 1819. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. Gibson, Ellen M (1998). Gibson's New York Legal Research Guide. Buffalo: William S. Hein & Co. p. 403: "In 1834, over the objections of New York [City], it [(Brooklyn)] became a city comprising the entire area of the former town of Brooklyn."
  11. "Beers' Atlas of Long Island". 1873. Retrieved 2011-11-26.
  12. "LLOYD HARBOR – A BRIEF HISTORY". Incorporated Village of Lloyd Harbor, Suffolk County, NY. Retrieved 2011-11-26.
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  15. "Pluralism Commentary". Religion and Ethic Newsweekly. PBS. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  17. 1891 Map of Queens County, New York
  18. 1 2 3 Riker, James, Jr. (1852). The annals of Newtown, in Queens County, New York. New York: Fanshaw.
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