Browsing: History

Business Ghost Sign: Henrietta's, 334 9th St

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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 New
History Old Grocery Sign at 86 5th Avenue

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
History Pete Seeger, via Wiki

As appreciations and memorials for legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, who died last night at the age of 94, roll out around the country, we’d like to join in with a brief look at one day he visited our neighborhood. He’d been scheduled to visit the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza on September 15,
History old stone house via fb

The Old Stone House has a rich history as part of the Battle of Brooklyn during the American Revolution, and while we knew of its connection to Maryland, and the 400 brave men from the state who fought against 2,000, an article about those men in The Baltimore Sun points out a detail of the current building
History Colson by Nooney via BPL

Peeking into your neighbors’ homes is tempting anytime, whether it’s to get a glimpse of the home of a celebrity or to walk in for a house tour. Add a touch of nostalgia to that, and it’s a pretty perfect way to while away from time on a rainy Friday afternoon. So we were glad
History Park Slope Historic District Sign

Neighborhood names and their boundaries always make for a pretty heated conversation, and neighbor Keith Williams has a pretty good conversation starter up on Curbed about the history of Park Slope borders. He asked some experts and found: …irreconcilable differences of opinion about the neighborhood’s southern terminus: 15th Street, the Prospect Expressway, 20th Street, or 25th Street. But
History Greenwood Baptist Church

Greenwood Baptist Church (461 6th Street at 7th Avenue) is celebrating its 155th anniversary this Sunday, October 27 with two services: at 11am with Rev. Dr. Ernest H. Jones, Pastor, and at 3pm with Rev. Dr. Stephan P. McKinney from the Greater Calvary Baptist Church in Harlem Greenwood Baptist Church tracks its beginnings to a
Business Ghost Sign: Sea View, 164 5th Ave

When the awning for the now-closed Odd Twin at 164 5th Avenue was cut into to remove the shop’s name, some ghost signs from the 1990s were revealed. Sea View, a videos and games sale and rental shop, was in the spot from 1995 to about 1999. Odd Twin, which closed in September, opened in the corer
History Noisy Band via Brooklyn Visual Heritage

Ever wondered what New York life was like in the earlier part of the 20th Century? The Roaring Twenties, a new collaboration between historian/author/Princeton professor Emily Thompson and designer/USC program creative director Scott Mahoy, can at least give you a better idea of how it sounded. Thompson and Mahoy plotted NYC noise complaints from the 1920s until 1933 on an
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