Old Brooklyn in Early Photographs, 1865-1929: 157 Prints from the Collection of the Long Island Historical Society
The 157 photographs in this book, many never reprinted before, recreate the ambiance of Old Brooklyn as it appeared between 1865 and 1829 - a rich, vital and exciting place. Shipbuilding and commerce thrived along its waterfront; its ocean playground at Coney Island and its racetracks were world-famous; its reputation was built on the quality of its residential districts, and it prided itself as being the city of homes and churches. Arranged to retrace the area's growth from the original Dutch settlement of Breuckelen, established in 1646 in the vicinity of the present intersection of Fulton and Hoyt Streets, these photos offer a rare and fascinating glimpse of Brooklyn's development in the nineteenth century.
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You will be delighted by this wonderful pictorial guide to Brooklyn's past. The photos are very clear, thought provoking, and portray our beloved Brooklyn as the family and church oriented place it has always been. Brooklynites are portrayed by Mr Younger as hard working, productive people who did occasionally partake in recreation with family and friends. Often, I have yearned to be able to go back in time to see these delightful scenes first hand thanks to the wonderful photos in this compilation.
If there is one deficiency, it is the lack of photos of Eastern Park and other venues where pro sports were played. Long ago, Brooklyn was the sports Mecca of the USA. And East New York was one of its major sports hot spots. Perhaps some day a writer or historian will compile a book with many photos of these sports events with illuminating articles. But if you want to get a good portrayal of Brooklyn (which was once known as the Borough of Churches) in the late 1800s & early 1900s, this gem of a book is for you.