Monthly Archives: July 2011

The 1977 Blackout

On July 13, 1977 at 9:34 pm, the lights went out in New York. This wasn’t the first blackout in New York City—the “where were you when the lights went out?” blackout of 1965 was a fairly recent memory—and it … Continue reading

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July 11th-July 14th 1977: The Week a Little Girl was Born in Flatbush, Brooklyn and the Lights Went Out Across NYC

This post was written by Chantal Valencia Lawrence, a recent volunteer at BHS and a Brooklyn native.  When I think of the 1977 Blackout that took place in New York City from July 13th-14th, I reminisce about a ritual that … Continue reading

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Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Fireworks Display

This photograph is by Bernard Gotfryd, who immigrated to New York after surviving the Holocaust. His photographs became widely known while working as a staff photographer for Newsweek. The above image shows a dramatic fireworks display over the Brooklyn Bridge … Continue reading

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Map of the Month – July 2011

This month’s featured map dates from 1889 and shows Long Island, including political divisions and railroads. It was published by the prolific firm of G.W. & C.B. Colton, who were located at 172 William Street in Manhattan. Enjoy! (View this … Continue reading

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