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.
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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
Segment 4: Endorsements