Category Archives: History

Clearing up some facts about Lightstone’s Gowanus agreement

One reason you don’t see a lot written on the cleanup of the Gowanus: the process is absurdly wonky. Continue reading

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Out with a blast: the Pratt whistles blow one final(?) time

A recap of the Conrad Milster’s whistle-blowing extravaganza at Pratt Institute on New Year’s Eve, which might have been the last installment of the 49-year tradition. Continue reading

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A eulogy for Brooklyn’s Irish bars, and an ode to Farrell’s

A historical look at how we mourn long-standing traditions, victims of neighborhood turnover and gentrification. Continue reading

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December 16: a grisly New York anniversary

A jet crashed into Park Slope on December 16, 1960, in what was then the deadliest aviation incident in history. Continue reading

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Comparing Brooklyn neighborhoods over time with Google’s Ngram Viewer

Using a cool Google tool to graph the mentions of Brooklyn neighborhoods over time. Continue reading

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A brief history of some “bogus” Brooklyn neighborhood names

Harry Siegel bemoans all of the “new” Brooklyn neighborhood names. How recent are his examples? Not very, for the most part. Continue reading

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Mill Island, farthest neighborhood from the subway

Mill Island is an hour’s walk from the subway. So when the buses shut down, those without cars are in trouble. Continue reading

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