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Flatbush + Main Episode 16: Living in Fort Greene

By Julie Golia

Posted on August 2, 2017

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.


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).

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.

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