Author Archives: Kate Ludwig

Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: A.I. Namm & Sons Department Store

1898, Boerum Hill. The A.I. Namm & Sons Department Store stood at 450-458 Fulton Street. Polish immigrant Adolph I. Namm came to the United States in the 1870s and started his business in Manhattan. In 1885, taking advantage of Brooklyn’s … Continue reading

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Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Third Avenue, Pacific to Dean Street

ca. 1930, Boerum Hill. This image shows the corner of Third Avenue, between Pacific Street and Dean Street, the future site of a New York Times printing press building. BHS’s photograph collection features many historic images of street corners and … Continue reading

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Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Children Playing in the “Old Swimming Hole”

1915, Fort Greene Clinton Hill. Children are seen playing with an old Brooklyn fire hydrant, which was jokingly referred to as the “Old Swimming Hole.” The hydrant was located at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Ryerson Street in what … Continue reading

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Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Tennis in Prospect Park

Prospect Park, circa 1885. Lewis Nostrand Anderson Jr. is seen playing tennis with his cousin and two unidentified women. In 1881 lawn tennis was first introduced in Prospect Park and it became a popular recreational activity soon after. Thousands of … Continue reading

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Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: A Night Out on the Town

Coney Island, ca.1912. Gilman L. Smith enjoys a night out on the town with his sweetheart. The couple stopped to pose for a photographer who captured them enjoying a rendezvous on the Coney Island Boardwalk.

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