Flatbush + Main Episode 16: Living in Fort Greene

In Episode 16 of Brooklyn Historical Society’s podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia examine the many identities of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Fort Greene.


02:43 – Histories and Ideas
21:15 – Into the Archives
33:30 – Voices of Brooklyn

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Segment 1: Histories and Ideas

In segment 1, Zaheer and Julie trace the transformation of Fort Greene from a rural frontier to a thriving middle-class black community, from a mecca of brownstones to a haven for artists.

Segment 2: Into the Archives

Here are images of the document Julie and Zaheer discuss in this segment.

And here’s a similar house tour brochure from Fort Greene.


Fort Greene House Tour, nd; H. Dickson McKenna collection, 1994.001, Box 3, Folder 21; Brooklyn Historical Society.

These documents came from the H. Dickson McKenna papers (ARC.060). Peruse the finding aid here. Want to explore other archival collections on the development of brownstone Brooklyn in the late 20th century? Check out the Robert Vadheim Brooklyn neighborhood renewal and development collection (1987.002) and the Everett and Evelyn Ortner papers and photographs (ARC.306).

Charles Lockwood’s Bricks and Brownstone: The New York Row House, 1783-1929 is a classic history of the ubiquitous New York Brownstone. A terrific book about the impact of “Brownstoners” on Brooklyn is Suleiman Osman’s book, The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn.

Segment 3: Voices of Brooklyn

Zaheer and Julie listen to a clip from an oral history with Ron Shiffman, an architect, urban planner, community advocate, and educator. You can hear the full interview with Shiffman here.

Segment 4: Endorsements

This month, Zaheer endorsed “The Original Celebrity Chef: The King of Curry,” a public program at BHS’s Pierrepont building on August 10, 2017 at 7pm. Get tickets here.

As a homage to walking around neighborhoods (like Fort Greene), Julie endorsed two of her favorite walking tour companies, Big Onion Walking Tours and Turnstile Tours.

Julie Golia

About Julie Golia

Julie Golia is the Director of Public History at Brooklyn Historical Society and co-host of BHS's podcast, Flatbush + Main.
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    In segment 1, Zaheer and Julie trace the transformation of Fort Greene from a rural frontier to a thriving middle-class black community, from a mecca of brownstones to a haven for artists.

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