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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 Federal
History Men Clearing Snow via Brooklyn Public Library

You’ve probably seen a million photos of snow 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
History Everett Ortner house via Vandenberg

The historic mansion at 272 Berkeley Place, owned and painstakingly maintained by the late Park Slope preservationists Everett and Evelyn Ortner, is up for sale. Stoop reader John Casson got in touch this morning to spread the news about the listing: The open house at 272 Berkeley Place this Sunday should draw a large crowd. This
History 207 6th Avenue circa 1959

Brooklyn Visual Heritage takes us on another trip through time for a glimpse at the corner of 6th Avenue and Union Street, back when 207 6th Avenue was inhabited by a “Modern Automatic Laundry.” It’s a far cry from the 6th Avenue Animal Clinic there today. The most notable difference is the massive
History Citroen sign by amg2000 on Flickr

And just like that, another old sign in the area bites the dust. The faded Citroën signs on the French auto maker’s former warehouse on 3rd Avenue at 7th Street have been completely painted over. The company withdrew from the U.S., and the space is currently used by International Furniture, which according to DNAinfo, had