Category Archives: Library & Archives

The Great Trolley Strike of 1895 – Part 1

This is part one of a two part series on the Great Trolley Strike of 1895. Part two will be posted next Monday, September 1st. This is also the latest in a series of posts on the records of Brooklyn’s … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: The Feast of San Gennaro

If you missed this year’s Giglio Feast in Williamsburg as I did, there’s still the promise of the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy, pictured in the image above, circa 1978. There seems to be a certain amount of … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Electrification of the Long Island Railroad in Brooklyn

For this post, I want to share an interesting image that I scanned last week. The image above shows construction by the Long Island Rail Road near Atlantic Terminal in 1903. The Long Island Rail Road was incorporated in 1834, … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: The Brooklyn Postal Service

I selected today’s image for purely aesthetic reasons. I love the color of this print. I love the long, whimsical, almost Alice-in-Wonderland hanging glass lamps with equally long pull ropes hanging from each one. I also love the perfectly tailored … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Bathing in Brooklyn

Free public pools for summer swimming and splashing are one of the pleasures of life in Brooklyn today, but perhaps not for Brooklynites living a century ago. I was at first confused, and then horrified when I realized that the … Continue reading

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