Tag Archives: Brooklyn Historical Society

These Walls Talk: Story of an 1830s Brooklyn House

I AM BACK in Brooklyn for the winter and turning my attention to another of my vintage properties, one that hasn’t had much love in recent years: a four-story brick in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, located conveniently but noisily between two … Continue reading

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127 Winters Ago in Brooklyn

HAPPY NEW YEAR, devoted readers and anyone who may have landed accidentally on my humble six-year-old blog. For my first post of 2015, here’s a small sampling of seasonally appropriate photos from the Brooklyn Historical Society’s online photo database. It’s … Continue reading

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The Fascination of Faded Ads

Midtown Manhattan WHAT IS IT ABOUT those barely-there painted billboards of yesteryear you occasionally spot — often, perhaps, spot if you are purposefully looking for them — clinging to the sides of old buildings like ghosts of another era? Harlem … Continue reading

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Fort Greene Then & Now

ARE YOU ON THE EMAIL LIST of the Brooklyn Historical Society? It’s worth it for theirĀ  “Photo of the Week,” a gem from their archives that never fails to get my attention. This morning came the ca. 1897 shot above, … Continue reading

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Researching a Cobble Hill Alley

Verandah Place in the 1930s A COUPLE OF HOURS SPENT IN THE STACKS of the Brooklyn Historical Society’s library goes a long way toward understanding what Brooklyn was really like in the days when our brownstone neighborhoods were first carved … Continue reading

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