If you’re looking for Irish Brooklynites, you’ve come to the right place!
There was an influx of Irish Immigrants to Brooklyn during the mid-19th century who helped build New York City. If you’ve seen ‘Gangs of New York’ you have an idea of what it was like at the time. Irish immigration continued through the 1950s as depicted in the incredible film ‘Brooklyn‘. The neighborhoods of Bay Ridge and Windsor Terrace became predominantly Irish and the borough eventually produced some of the most talented Irish actors, writers and musicians in history.
Read on to learn more about your favorite Irish Brooklynites!
It doesn’t get more Irish (or Brooklyn) than brilliant comedian and actress Anne Meara. She was born in Brooklyn on September 20, 1929 to Irish Catholic parents (who got married in Brooklyn).
Anne Meara was best known as half of the comedy duo “Stiller & Meara” with her husband Jerry Stiller. Their act was based on her being a tall Irish girl and him being a short Jewish man.
“Nobody was thrilled when we got married, absolutely nobody. But they accepted it”, she added with perfect comic timing: “Nobody sat Shiva.”
Remember where Ralph and Alice Kramden lived on ‘The Honeymooners’? The address was 328 Chauncey, which just so happened to be the same address where Jackie Gleason grew up. In fact, almost every detail of the Kramden house was based on Gleason’s childhood home.
Gleason was born into a poor Irish-Catholic immigrant family in 1916 at 364 Chauncey Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. He went to Public School 73 and dropped out of high school. He preferred to spend his time with the Nomads, a Brooklyn “athletic club,” an organization that differed little from a street gang.
“The Great One” is such an important part of Brooklyn culture that there is even a sign with his signature saying that welcomes everyone to Brooklyn, “How Sweet It Is!”