Photo of the Week: Happy New Year

[German Evangelical Home.], 1925, v1974.1.184; Eugene L. Armbruster photographs and scrapbooks , v1974.001; Brooklyn Historical Society.

[German Evangelical Home.], 1925, v1974.1.184; Eugene L. Armbruster photographs and scrapbooks , v1974.001; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Perhaps some of you are enjoying the quiet wee hours before the partiers shake themselves from heavy sleep.  As I write this, I’m thinking about how odd this holiday season has been in terms of weather.  The snow covering the street and piled up on the curb in this photograph makes me wish for a healthy, normal dumping of snow — the kind that crunches into a tightly packed mass beneath my snow boots; boots that I currently have no idea where to find.  It would be a refreshing way to start the new year with a crisp walk in the morning air after a snowstorm, when the sounds of the city are still quiet and one has a chance to think.  Anyway, Happy New Year, Brooklyn!

Also, the German Evangelical Home was located on Bushwick Avenue and Chauncey Street in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.  Bushwick was established in 1661 as one of the original six towns of what is now Brooklyn.   The city of Brooklyn annexed Bushwick in 1855;  Brooklyn itself was consolidated into Greater New York City in 1898.  In the mid-19th century, Germans were the dominant immigrant community in Bushwick.  They helped establish a flourishing brewing industry there, which hit its zenith by the end of that century.

The German Evangelical Home was one of many institutions that benefitted poor, elderly, or orphaned Brooklyn residents.  BHS has an extensive collection of materials across five archival collections that are related to aid organizations, including the Graham Home for Old Ladies, New York Home Congregational Home for the Aged, and others.

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 Wednesday – Saturday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.


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I am the Head of Collection Management at Brooklyn Historical Society.
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5 Responses to Photo of the Week: Happy New Year

  1. John Zarrillo says:

    Michele, you should email your question to the BHS library reference staff at — someone will look into it for you!

    – John Zarrillo, archivist
    Brooklyn Historical Society

  2. Michele Gulino says:

    Sorry, The address of the German Evangelical Aid Society Home for the Aged is 643 Chauncey St.

  3. Michele Gulino says:

    My great-grandfather, Simon Schwartz is listed in a 1925 census from the “German Evangelical Aid Society Home for the Aged, Brooklyn, NY. The street address is listed as 63 Chauncey Street. I believe this photo is the place he was staying in at that time. I have further information from my grandfather’s journal that his father (Simon Schwartz) died on June 20, 1929 after falling from a third floor window of the German Evangelical Home located at 1422 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY and was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY, in a pauper’s plot owned by the German Evangelical Aid Society at that time.
    I have been attempting to find any records of Simon’s time at the home and hoping they will have an incident record of this event. Can someone please help me with this quest? I would be most appreciative of any information I can obtain.

  4. John Dereszewski says:

    Carol, please loan these treasures to the Brooklyn Historical Society. I am sure they will know how to best preserve them.

    The Society already possesses a great piece by Armbruster called “Bushwick and its Neighbors” that contains priceless information about the old Eastern District. I am sure that the Society will both provide TLC to your collections – and also make them reasonably accessible to the interested public.

    Loaning these items to the Society will be a real win-win situation.

  5. Carol Nolan says:

    I have 3 books that are collections of Eugene Armbrusters drawings of Brooklyn and NYC. The date from 1893.
    What should I do with these? The covers are deteriorating because I do not know how to preserve them. Are they valuable? shall I try to sell them?
    Help. Thank you

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