Tag Archives: Flatbush

“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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Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Flatbush Toll Booth

This photograph features a toll booth that stood on Flatbush Avenue between Fenimore Street and Winthrop Street in what is now Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Built in the 1850s by the Brooklyn, Flatbush, and Jamaica Plank Road Company, the booth was … Continue reading

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The Lefferts family goes digital

In 2010, the Lefferts historic house donated a rich collection of Lefferts family papers to Brooklyn Historical Society. Included were genealogies, bibles, recipe books, financial papers, personal recollections, and many other documents that offer an intimate glimpse into the lives … Continue reading

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Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Eliza J. Lefferts

  This portrait depicts Eliza J. Lefferts (1831-1867), a member of one of Kings County’s oldest and most powerful families.  Eliza was born in Bedford Corners (part of present-day Bedford Stuyvesant). At the age of twenty, she moved a mile … Continue reading

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Adrian Vanderveer Martense’s Lantern Slides

As an intern for the IMLS CHART project, I have been working on scanning and cataloging lantern slides from the Adrian Vanderveer Martense collection. Containing some 130 slides, it is a popular collection at Brooklyn Historical Society, since the photographs … Continue reading

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