Category Archives: Brooklyn Past & Present

Photo of the Week: Beach

There’s nothing quite like a beach day at Coney Island. Personally, I love that the proximity to Coney Island allows New Yorkers and tourists alike to experience the beach without leaving the city. This photo was taken in July 1958, … Continue reading

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Recent Changing Demographics Challenge Racial Categories in America

On Wednesday, June 17th, we welcomed internationally recognized demographer and author of Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographic are Remaking America, William Frey, to talk about how multiracial marriages and internal migration patterns are changing American demographics. The event was … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Brooklyn Sewers

The photo of the week depicts a young boy standing on a dirt mound at a Flatbush sewer site, sometime around 1880. In the mid-19th century, there were no underground sewage systems in Brooklyn. The city was facing a rapidly … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Summer

Sunday is the first day of summer, so it seems appropriate to highlight a photograph in our collection titled “Summer.” This photograph is by Ralph Irving Lloyd and depicts Prospect Park West around 1908. I love the small details in … Continue reading

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Our 4th Annual: What Are You? Sparked Dialogue on Identity and Mixed Heritage

On Monday, June 8th, we hosted our 4th Annual: What Are You?, an event initiated by our Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations (CBBG) program. From 2011 to 2014, CBBG collected oral histories of mixed-heritage Brooklynites and created public programs that provided … Continue reading

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