Photo of the Week: Frigid New Year

[Man smoking on boardwalk], 1984, v1992.48.56; Anders Goldfarb photographs of Coney Island, V1992.048; Brooklyn Historical Society.

[Man smoking on boardwalk], 1984, v1992.48.56; Anders Goldfarb photographs of Coney Island, V1992.048; Brooklyn Historical Society.

It’s cold out there! 2018 welcomed us with frigid temps and a wind chill that doesn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon. We hope you’re staying warm out there.

The photo of the week depicts a man smoking on the Coney Island Boardwalk during the winter of 1984. Somehow, his expression makes me think that he can relate to the weather we’re experiencing right now. This photo comes from the Anders Goldfarb photographs of Coney Island collection comprised of 68 black-and-white photographs taken at Coney Island by Goldfarb in 1984. They primarily document Coney Island beaches, boardwalk, amusements, and residents. To see more photographs from this collection, check out this gallery.

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 Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

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