Author Archives: Andy McCarthy

Andy McCarthy

About Andy McCarthy

Reference Librarian, Brooklyn Historical Society, Othmer Library.

Photo of the Week: Red Hook Library

The Red Hook branch of the Brooklyn Public Library was built in 1915 and designed in the “Mediterranean Revival Style,” which in the early 20th century commonly characterized architecture in the sun-bathed cities of Miami and Los Angeles.  In 1915, … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Vamping Horns

The library reference desk often answers questions about Brooklyn firefighting history.  Last year, a researcher was interested in 1850s badge rolls for the old Eastern District, which was comprised of the consolidated areas of Williamsburgh and Bushwick. Firefighting was a … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Merry Christmas

This photo was taken during a 1973 Christmas party at 22 Cambridge Place, a brownstone in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, and donated to BHS as part of a collection of photographs by Sarah Anesta Samuel, the woman standing … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Happy Thanksgiving

The tables are set for the Mother’s Club Thanksgiving luncheon in the banquet hall of Emmanuel House, a community church organization associated with the nearby Emmanuel Baptist Church. Soon the mothers of girls in the Young Ladies Club and boys on … Continue reading

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“Hey Down in Front”

Last week they cut the ribbon on the new arena on Flatbush and Atlantic.  Phone booths around town have been promoting today’s opening date. I have tickets for the venue’s premiere college basketball two-header, featuring the Kentucky Wildcats v. the … Continue reading

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