Brooklyn is a major urban center now, but it wasn’t always that way. This September, you’ll be able to learn about the unobstructed views, fields and farms that once typified the borough and the man who documented them with Tales from the Vault: Agricultural Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Eugene… Read More >The post Snapshots of Brooklyn’s Rural Past at Brooklyn Historical Society appeared first on Brownstoner.
Launching an app may very well go down as the great get rich quick scheme of the century. As you sit pondering when that freelance check will ever show up, the idea of channeling your creative energies into creating a brilliant, modern tool to benefit your fellow earthlings while also heaping in small mountains of cash for yourself can feel wildly appealing. So what you didn’t finish that online coding course, apps are the great equalizer, a feat anyone with a dream and motivation can accomplish to great financial gain, right…
Prospect Park is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and in honor of the occasion the Prospect Park Alliance is offering a tour of one of special places in the park. The Lefferts Historic House, the 18th century farmhouse located near the Willink entrance to Prospect Park, is giving participants the… Read More >The post See What’s Behind the Scenes at Prospect Park’s Lefferts Historic House appeared first on Brownstoner.
Bear with me: In some ways, the Pavilion helped normalize bedbugs. While in most residential settings, the mere mention of the possibility of bedbugs can put genuine strain on a relationship – “Get me out of this apartment,” your brain screams as you watch your close friend absentmindedly itch their arm and talk about the great shirt they found on the street the other day. Yet, at the Pavilion, no one seemed to bat an eye at the suggestion. It may have impacted ticket sales, especially after the rumor made its way into the tabloids, and it sparked a flood of alleged …
Famed poet Walt Whitman has an extensive history with Brooklyn – he spent much of his early life in the borough, and even completed his first draft of Leaves of Grass at a house in Wallabout. The Fort Greene Park Conservancy and the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership are hosting a Walt… Read More >The post Explore Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn History at Fort Greene Park appeared first on Brownstoner.
Editor’s Note: This post originally ran in 2015 and has been updated. You can read the previous post here. As all American kids learn in school, Independence Day celebrates July 4, 1776, when the 13 colonies declared their independence from Great Britain. That announcement was made through the Declaration of Independence, one… Read More >The post Fourth of July Memories appeared first on Brownstoner.
For the first time, the Weeksville Heritage Center is drawing from its textile collection to weave together the story of the community through its garments. The exhibit, “Fashioning the Women of Weeksville,” brings together clothing, accessories, oral histories and historic images spanning the 1860s through the 1940s. From an intricate late… Read More >The post Weeksville Heritage Center Explores History and Fashion With New Exhibition appeared first on Brownstoner.
Back in the heyday of Coney Island, Brooklyn was home to some of the country’s most popular and colorful sideshow entertainment. The Brooklyn Historical Society is taking a look back at the history of circus arts as well as the reemergence of sideshows and burlesque in the borough with their… Read More >The post Learn About Brooklyn’s Sideshows Past and Present at Brooklyn Historical Society appeared first on Brownstoner.
No word if there will be any ghostly spirits around at tour time, but you’ll get a chance this summer to check out the stories and people behind Brooklyn’s pre-prohibition distilling industry at Green-Wood Cemetery. A partnership between Green-Wood Cemetery and Kings County Distillers has brought the “Dead Distillers Trolley Tour”… Read More >The post Check Out the Stories of Brooklyn’s Departed Distillers at Green-Wood Cemetery appeared first on Brownstoner.
Brooklyn’s waterfronts play a major role in the history of the borough, and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan will lead a discussion on Brooklyn’s waterfront areas and communities and how they have inspired artists. Egan, who won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2011, spent years researching the communities that line… Read More >The post Pulitzer Prize Winning Novelist Jennifer Egan to Lead Panel on the Waterfront as Artistic Inspiration appeared first on Brownstoner.
Brooklyn isn’t short on historic landmarks and sites. Thanks to a mobile app highlighting some of New York City’s architectural gems, you’ll have the opportunity to hunt for them yourself. Urban Archive, an app that mines the collections of New York City’s institutions to create a mobile archive, is hosting a… Read More >The post Test Your Brooklyn Knowledge With the Urban Archive Scavenger Hunt appeared first on Brownstoner.
Mambo’Dan has added a photo to the pool: The grain elevator, which opened in 1922, sits just out of reach behind a fence made of huge concrete blocks, a silent reminder, as were the Todd Shipyards graving dock and the Revere sugar refinery, of Red Hook’s industrial history. But while those other structures are gone — filled in and torn down to make way for development — the owner of the grain elevator says he has a plan to bring this industrial…
A Coney Island icon is celebrating nine decades as a centerpiece of Brooklyn’s famous playground. Built in 1927, the Cyclone reaches speeds of 60 miles per hour and is both a New York City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Despite many changes to Coney Island over the… Read More >The post The Cyclone Turns 90: Coney Island’s Famed Coaster Through the Years (Photos) appeared first on Brownstoner.
Looking for a breezier commute? Perhaps take a tip from these young Brooklyn gentlemen and their sail wagon. We’ve even found the instructions in case you want to make your own. Captured by a Bain News Service photographer between 1910 and 1915, the boys are shown in their homemade… Read More >The post Cruise the Streets of Brooklyn With Your Own Sail Wagon (1912) appeared first on Brownstoner.
Historic photos of Brooklyn in the snow reveals familiar scenes of roads and brick row houses that could have been snapped yesterday as well as a shockingly bucolic but charming view of Eastern Parkway. In this amateur photo following the Great Blizzard of 1888, the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic… Read More >The post Chilly Scenes of Winter in Brooklyn, 1888 to 1953 (Photos) appeared first on Brownstoner.
Patrons gather around the librarian’s desk, eager to claim their books at the Bedford Branch Library, in an early photo. The circa-1900 shot was most likely taken when the library was housed at 26 Brevoort Place, the former Brevoort family mansion, now demolished, in what is now Bed Stuy. … Read More >The post Eager Readers Flock to Get the Latest Books (1900) appeared first on Brownstoner.
The Myrtle Avenue El may have closed to riders almost 50 years ago but a treasure trove of images by Brooklyn native Patrick Cullinan provides a glimpse into the daily commute along the vanished line. Cullinan picked up his camera during his student days, commuting on the El to… Read More >The post Take a Trip on the Myrtle Avenue El (Photos) appeared first on Brownstoner.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated. Read the original post here. For those following the Gregorian calendar, and that’s most of us, that magic moment when the old year ends in the last seconds of 11:59 on December 31, and the new begins at midnight on January 1, is… Read More >The post Parties, Gossip and Too Much Brew: How 19th Century Brooklynites Celebrated the New Year appeared first on Brownstoner.
Hanukkah is here again, and we’re taking a trip to the past via some old photos to see Brooklynites celebrating the Festival of Lights decades ago. All originally appeared in the Brooklyn Eagle. Rabbi Levi Belitzky explains the symbolism and history of Hanukkah to three small patients at the Jewish… Read More >The post A Snapshot of Brooklyn Hanukkahs Gone By appeared first on Brownstoner.
The sidewalks of Brooklyn are green and fragrant despite the cold weather when Christmas tree sellers line up on pathways around the city to sell their symbols of the season. But it wasn’t always so easy to procure a tree in New York City. Sales of the conifers started in… Read More >The post Where 19th Century Brooklynites Got Their Christmas Trees appeared first on Brownstoner.
These children in a Crown Heights hospital were treated to a Hall-of-Fame-caliber Yuletide gift from Santa Claus and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952. The setting was St. Giles the Cripple Hospital, now the home of St. Mark’s Day School, at 1346 President Street. The three Dodgers in the photo, which originally ran… Read More >The post The Brooklyn Dodgers (and Santa) Visit Children in a Crown Heights Hospital (1952) appeared first on Brownstoner.