Category Archives: Brooklyn Past & Present

Photo of the Week: Collection Storage

Brooklyn Historical Society’s collections include books, photographs, archival materials, maps, oral histories, fine art, and artifacts. Many of these materials are stored on-site, however, because of the size and needs of such a large and diverse collection, BHS has two … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Brooklyn Storefronts

James and Karla Murray are photographers who have spent years documenting storefronts throughout New York City. Their work is a unique and rich record of New York City infrastructure, documenting vanishing establishments and some that have stood the test of … Continue reading

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BHS DUMBO: Photographer Robin Michals reflects on the Brooklyn waterfront

Robin Michals is one of over two dozen photographers featured in the Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO exhibition “Shifting Perspectives: Photographs of Brooklyn’s Waterfront,” on view through September 10, 2017. In this post, she reflects on what attracted her to the … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Happy Summer!

We hope you’re having a fun and relaxing summer! The photo of the week is from Charles (Karl) Blieffert’s personal scrapbook, depicting some of his summer adventures in Brooklyn around 1912. The album includes 249 black-and-white photographs of Charles Blieffert’s … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Brooklyn Historical Society Pierrepont

Visitors to the Brooklyn Historical Society Pierrepont location sometimes ask if the building served another purpose before it was the historical society. The answer is—it was always the historical society! Built in 1881, the Queen Anne-style building was designed by … Continue reading

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