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History zig zag grills
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Demolition is coming soon to several local buildings, but neighbors can help preserve a bit of their past. As part of the expansion project at New York Methodist Hospital, 16 residential buildings will be demolished beginning within the next few weeks, with work on that process expected to continue for about seven months. And as…

History iron founders
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Much like sidewalk plates, another bit of history that can be found if you look down around the neighborhood are these iron signatures on the sides of buildings, like this one on 5th Avenue between Dean and Bergen. Take any photos in the neighborhood lately? Send them to editor@parkslopestoop.com, add them to the Park Slope Stoop Flickr…

History Photo by The Brooklyn Eagle, via Brooklyn Visual Heritage
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Today’s dreary weather has us daydreaming about spring in Prospect Park — the picnics, the lazing about, the dogs and children and frisbee tossing! To remind us all what’s just around the corner (we hope), we’ve gathered some great old photos from Brooklyn Visual Heritage. 1. Blossoms! Just remember your allergy meds, last year was…

History Photo by Beyond My Ken
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The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has withdrawn its controversial plan to remove 98 properties awaiting landmark status from their list, including St. Augustine’s Church on 6th Avenue, Green-Wood Cemetery and Lady Moody’s House in Gravesend. As we previously reported, the commission was scheduled to vote on “decalendaring” the sites on Tuesday, December 9, as an effort to clear a backlog of…

History Photo by Beyond My Ken
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Almost 100 sites across the city — including our own St. Augustine’s and Green-Wood Cemetery — could lose the chance of achieving landmark status in an effort by the Landmarks Preservation Commission to clear up a decades-old backlog of items, reports DNAinfo. There are 94 sites and two historic districts that have been on the LPC’s calendar for…

History Girls, via Prospect Park
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Prospect Park’s Camera Obscura is pictured here around 1877, via Prospect Park Like so much of our city, Prospect Park sits on layer upon layer of history, with the space that was built in the 1860s having witnessed everything from the dawn of the industrial age to Brooklyn’s dramatic evolution from a rural to urban landscape.…

Business Ghost Sign: Henrietta's, 334 9th St
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The 9st Laundrette Cleaners recently closed at 334 9th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, after nearly 20 years in business, and now that the awning has been removed, it’s revealed an old ghost sign for a long-gone business. The outline of the letters are for Henrietta’s, a bridal gown boutique, which we know was there, but…

History Parade by David Oppenheim
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“What is it that we all like about a parade?” asks neighbor David Oppenheim, a former public school teacher who, after retiring, recently returned to his former passion of photography, publishing a catalog of work on his website StockOPP. Though not originally from Brooklyn, David has lived in Park Slope for 32 years, and one…

History (crop) Kentile Floors Sign Coming Down
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Well, the Kentile Floors sign has been completely removed, and while the Gowanus Alliance figures out what to do with it next, Vine user Martin Pavely created a pretty awesome, if a little depressing, time lapse of it coming down. But hey, like we said, it’s not all sad — check out this neat, up-close…

History (crop) kentile floors sign
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About a week after scaffolding began going up around the iconic Kentile Floors sign, the owner of the building that it sits on has confirmed it is indeed coming down. However, the letters will live on at another location after they’re donated to the Gowanus Alliance. Council Member Brad Lander and the Gowanus Alliance announced an…

History 154 4th Ave in 1936 via New York Public Library
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With the rapid development we’re currently experiencing along 4th Avenue, it may be difficult to imagine what the street looked like 80 years ago, but thanks to the New York Public Library’s Digital Collection, we don’t have to. The photo above was taken by Berenice Abbott, a photographer hired as part of the 1935 Federal…

History Men Clearing Snow via Brooklyn Public Library
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You’ve probably seen a million photos of snow in 2014 already, so we thought we’d take a break from that to look at some snow from history! We’ve got a ton of snow right now, but not as much as they did along Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues in 1888, as the photo above via Brooklyn…

History Brooklyn Best Preview video still via WNET
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http://youtu.be/QuT4oijcafg What makes Brooklyn the greatest place in all the land? WNET is putting together a new documentary, Brooklyn Best, and they want to hear from you. Whether you’ve lived in Brooklyn your entire life, or recently fell in love, the producers are compiling memories from Brooklyites about ”growing up, living in, and experiencing the culture of…

History Old Grocery Sign at 86 5th Avenue
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An old grocery store sign was spotted over the weekend at 86 5th Avenue, above the space that’s between Pure Bistro and The Chocolate Room (which isn’t The Chocolate Room anymore, as their last day in that space was Sunday, though they’ll have a pop-up location at 82 5th Ave until they reopen in their…

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