PODCAST Williamsburg used to have an H at the end of its name, not to mention dozens of major industries that once made it the tenth wealthiest place in the world. How did Williamsburgh become a haven for New Yorkâ€™s most well-known factories and then become Williamsburg, home to such wildly diverse communities â€” Hispanic, Hasidic and hipster? Find out how its history connects with whalebones, baseball, beer, and medicine for intestinal worms.Â
This was originally releasedÂ onÂ January 30, 2009.
NOW WITH BONUS CONTENT:Â So much has changed about Williamsburg in the past few years that the original show sounds a bit naive now! I’ve included an introduction explaining some of the changes that have recently happened.
A special illustrated version of the podcast on Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Episode #75) is now available on ourÂ NYC History Archive feed, via Â iTunes or other podcast distribution services.Â Chapter headings with images have been embedded in this show, so if your listening device is compatible with AAC/M4A files, just hit play and a variety of pictures should pop up. Â The audio is superior than the original as well. (This will work as a normal audio file even if the images don’t appear.)
South of the Williamsburg Bridge, 1915
A map of the cities of Brooklyn and Williamsburg, sometime in the 1850s.
The corner of Graham and Metropolitan Avenues — aka this intersection — in 1935.
Powers and Olive Street (look here for the current view)
A photomechanical postcard of the Williamsburg Bridge Plaza. You can see the Williamsburg Savings Bank and the bridge in the distance.