Category Archives: History

Another obscure 1950s Brooklyn explosion

Continuing the theme of “things that go boom”, I came across this Times headline from January 13, 1957 – just a month after the huge blast at Industry City.

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The great Brooklyn explosion of 1956

Twenty-six minutes after the fire began, a “harmless” explosive left 10 dead, injured 247, and caused $10,000,000 in property damage. Continue reading

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“Aqua Flatbush”: the Flatbush Water Works Company

Why is 69-year-old William Regan Sr. so happy about this pitcher of water?

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Branding Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

One of the nerdy highlights of hanging out in the Brooklyn Collection stacks is going through the archive materials. I don’t do it too often; much of the time, I’ll have enough information from books to put together a coherent … Continue reading

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Maple Street and Lefferts Manor

I strongly recommend a sightseeing trip to Maple Street between Flatbush and Bedford Avenues in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. It’s such a strange, beautiful block that photographs fail to do it justice. Yards, porticos, wide driveways with garages, and Spanish tiles on … Continue reading

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Bushwick, Suydam House, and the mark of the Hessians

“The Town of Bushwick, having been swallowed up in the great city [of Brooklyn, in 1855], a nice functionary of the City Hall, on assuming charge of its Old Dutch Records, contemptuously thrust them into his waste-paper sacks and sent … Continue reading

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FAQ: the history of Red Hook

Frequently-asked questions – and some detailed answers – on the history of Red Hook. Continue reading

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