Where Flatbush stops and Brooklyn juts into Jamaica Bay before abruptly ending a waterway away from where the Rockaway begin, there is a place which used to be known as Barren Island. It’s not an island, anymore, as it’s adjoined to the mainland by the Marine Park Golf Course and the Belt Parkway, but it certainly feels isolated and barren, way out there on the water. Today it is better known as Dead Horse Bay, or Bottle Beach, names which, despite their strangeness, have very literal inspirations – namely, a former area glue factory and tons and tons of bottles from a landfill capped over 100 years ago. It’s a place to trek to and sit in awe of Brooklyn’s battered …
Photographers were busy again this year capturing images of Brooklyn’s charming carriage houses, classic brownstones and snow-covered streets. Take a scroll through the slideshow to see the 15 most popular images from our @brownstoner feed this year. 15. Park Slope Gets a Snowy Filter 14. A Bit of Green… Read More >The post Brownstoner’s Top 15 Instagram Photos of 2017 appeared first on Brownstoner.
When Park Slope’s notorious Pavilion Theater shuttered a year ago this month, the neighborhood met the news not with the usual chagrin at the loss of another local business, but hope for a better theater – and also a raucous party. The Pavilion was spared a widely abhorred condo-conversion and will instead reopen as the second location of Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema, a dine-in theater known for its “pre-show” screenings and indie selections. Nitehawk plans to open in the space in the spring, but currently the building is very much in the…
With the sun ready to set on summer, we take a look back at some of the Brooklyn scenes captured by photographers during this warm weather season. The heat brought residents out to lounge on stoops, stroll the tree-shaded sidewalks and generally enjoy the borough’s architectural splendor bathed in the… Read More >The post Brownstoner’s Top 10 Instagram Photos of the Summer appeared first on Brownstoner.
With the summer season now in full swing we look back to see what photographers were capturing in June as the delicate blooms of spring trees gave way to lushly leafed out foliage. The warm temperatures brought out photographers intent on capturing the stoops and porches of the borough… Read More >The post Brownstoner’s Top 10 Instagram Photos of June 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.
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.
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.
It was a beautiful year of Brooklyn images as photographers roamed the borough to capture classic brownstones, swirling snowstorms and iconic bridges. Take a scroll through the slideshow to see the 15 most popular images from our @brownstoner feed this year. 15. Perfect Timing 14. Nighttime Sparkle in Dumbo 13. Autumn… Read More >The post Brownstoner’s Top 15 Instagram Photos of 2016 appeared first on Brownstoner.
Time is running out to enjoy the pine-scented sidewalks of Brooklyn. Christmas tree stands pop up across the borough the weekend of Thanksgiving and disappear quickly after Christmas. For the brief time they are here, they brighten the streets with green and cheer passerby with their woodsy fragrance. Related Stories A Brief Brooklyn… Read More >The post The Conifer-Bedecked Sidewalks of Brooklyn (Photos) appeared first on Brownstoner.