Tag Archives: Brooklyn history

The 1936 “safari” to find the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel

A few weeks ago, The Verge published a feature on the abandoned Atlantic Avenue Tunnel, the oldest subway tunnel in the world. Adrianne Jeffries chronicles its 180-year history, including the various rumors surrounding its use (bootlegger lair, Nazi hideout) and … 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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Happy 194th birthday, Walt Whitman!

“You know I have a fancy for anything out of the ordinary.” – Walt Whitman Poet Walt Whitman, one of Kings County’s most famous literary residents, was born on May 31, 1819. His family came to the City of Brooklyn from … Continue reading

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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 Weekly Nabe turns one – a belated post

Can you believe I forgot my blog’s birthday? I thought it was today. I’m such a bad person. I started The Weekly Nabe one year and one week ago. I kicked it off with the announcement of my intention to … Continue reading

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