Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Flatbush Avenue Extension, ca. 1925

Flatbush Avenue Extension, ca. 1925, v1973.5.1257; Photography Collection; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Flatbush Avenue Extension, ca. 1925, v1973.5.1257; Photography Collection; Brooklyn Historical Society.

This photograph shows bustling Flatbush Avenue Extension from an elevated rail platform at Fulton Street and Nevins Street. One can see from this photo that transportation around Brooklyn became much easier in the first quarter of the 20th century, as trolleys, el lines, and cars replaced horses and horse-drawn vehicles.

The Fulton Street Elevated was one of the earliest el lines, opening in 1888 and expanding through the early 1900s. Service on the Fulton Street Elevated was partially shut down in 1940 between Fulton Ferry and Rockaway Avenue, and the rest of the line closed permanently in 1956. More photos of the line, as well as detailed information about its history, are available at

Each Thursday BHS emails a photograph of the week exclusively to our eNews subscribers. These images are culled from our collection of more than 50,000 photographs of Brooklyn and the New York City area. The photographs are also tweeted by BHS and displayed on our blog in a running series. Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery. Use this database to search for individual photographs. Currently a small number of our images are available online, but we regularly add new photographs. You can also visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Fri, 1-5 p.m. to search through our entire collection of images.

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0 Responses to Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Flatbush Avenue Extension, ca. 1925

  1. Julius Freeman says:

    @John Telesca…I apologize because I am in error. Upon looking at pictures that I have, indeed this view looks north toward Myrtle Ave. Due to the size of this picture, I foolishly confused the theatre shown with the Fox, how, I don’t know!!! It’s glaringly obvious that the theatre shown here is The Crescent Theatre, known in differing periods as The Montauk, Crescent, Triangle, Werba’s Brooklyn & Billy Minsky Brooklyn Burlesque.

    Another giveaway should’ve been the building next door which once sold wallpaper

    Please accept my apology which is humbly offered with the proper amount of egg on face!

  2. Julius Freeman says:

    @John Telesca…This view is looking south, away from Myrtle Avenue toward Atlantic Avenue. Myrtle Avenue would be a few blocks in the opposite direction looking north.

  3. Taxi to JFK says:

    Very nice photographs! The transportation photograph gives a clear view of the culture of the city.

  4. Emily Reynolds says:

    Brian, thanks for your interest in our blog. If you’re interested in ordering a high-res scan, information about ordering images from the collection is available here. You’d just need to fill out the application linked on that page and return it to us; the image ID number that the form asks for is in the caption above.

    And I love Shorpy! It’s an excellent resource with lots of great photos of Brooklyn (and elsewhere).

  5. Brian Biggs says:

    Is there any way to get larger versions of the Photos of the Week that you guys post here? 768×512 is okay but it would be so nice to get to see the detail on these things. Take a look at this, for instance…

  6. John Telesca says:

    Very nice photo. In the distance you can see the bridge of the Myrtle Ave el crossing Flatbush Avenue.

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