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Treasures of Downtown Brooklyn: Remnants of the former independent city, hidden in plain sight

PODCAST The fascinating history of Brooklyn’s most bustling — and most frequently misunderstood — neighborhood. Downtown Brooklyn has a history that is often overlooked by New Yorkers. You’d be forgiven if you thought Brooklyn’s civic center — with a bustling shopping district and even an industrial tech campus — seemed to lack significant remnants of […]

Good clean fun? Brooklyn men sprayed off with a hose

The plaza in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall in 1911, a far more pleasant and manicured scene than the one described below. They had a rather odd scene of frivolity back in the day. I found this Brooklyn anecdote from the July 14, 1912, issue of the New York Tribune rather enlightening. It’s certainly meant […]