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Highland Park: becoming part of the 10%

“While this park is the second in extent of territory owned by the city of Brooklyn, it is an open question whether one-tenth of our citizens would be able to locate it if asked to do so.” – Brooklyn Eagle, … Continue reading

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Highland Park: a reservoir ran through it

“It was considered part of one’s civic duty in 1860 to visit the Ridgewood Reservoir to see where Brooklyn’s wonderful water supply came from.” –1916 Brooklyn Eagle retrospective Brooklyn gets most of its water these days from the Catskills, and … Continue reading

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Week fifteen: Highland Park

My streak of eastern Brooklyn continues. June, one of the very helpful librarians at the Brooklyn Collection, made the pick. (Check out her recent post on homing pigeons.)

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Spring Creek: where the borough ends

Spring Creek is Brooklyn’s southwesternmost neighborhood. Much of it is still barren – and haunting. Continue reading

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Spring Creek: a desolate place with a dreary history

Until the 21st century, Spring Creek was a vast wasteland. Ninety years ago, however, there were some big plans for the area – a common theme along the burgeoning Jamaica Bay. The E. Belcher Hyde atlas from 1920-1922 shows a plan for a … Continue reading

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