Photo of the Week: Changing Landscape

Shore below Bay Ridge, 1877, v1972.1.1; Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection, ARC.201; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Shore below Bay Ridge, 1877, v1972.1.1; Early Brooklyn and Long Island photograph collection, ARC.201; Brooklyn Historical Society.

In the past week, reflections of Superstorm Sandy abounded.  It’s clear that that many people are still dealing, materially and psychologically, with the aftermath of the storm.  We at Brooklyn Historical Society are chronicling how this storm, like many others before and many to follow, has fundamentally changed the landscape of our borough.

These new perspectives are in dialogue with Brooklyn’s very different historical landscape.  In the 136 years since George B. Brainerd took this picture, Brooklyn’s waterfront has transformed dramatically. Change came variously as a result of technology, industry, global warming, or Mother Nature.” He captured Bay Ridge and other parts of our sliver of an island before the shoreline was more developed.  Now a new generation of photographers will continue to visually document the version of it post-Sandy.

Please join us tonight for a discussion including four individuals who experienced the storm followed by an opening reception for our new photography exhibition, Documenting Sandy.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our new website here.  To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Fri, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

 

About Julie May

I am the Head of Collection Management at Brooklyn Historical Society.
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