Got a Question About Brooklyn History?

Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger is a featured guest on WNYC radio this week. As Phoebe Neidl reports in today’s Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

[T]his summer, the station is devoting a week to each borough, with the borough historian answering questions from listeners online at

This week Brooklyn is in the spotlight, and anyone can post a question about Brooklyn for Mr. Schweiger, who will also be appearing on WNYC’s “All Things Considered” this Friday to address some of the queries that came in.

There’s more on WNYC’s website. Mr. Schweiger is also available year round to answer questions submitted by e-mail to Borough President Marty Markowitz:

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  • laura lutz

    When did yuppies from mid-america first invade us with their gaunt appearance, lack of personality, attitude and baby carrigages, further driving up rents for those New Yorkers who belong here?

  • Claude Scales

    Substitute Europe for mid-America and the Lenape were probably asking the same question in the 1600s.

  • EHinBH

    Yuppies from mid-America? Um, I believe they (we?) were born here in NYC and decided to stay rather than move out to Massapequa. If not for Yuppies and other people with a buck or two saved, there would be no Brooklyn Heights as it looks today.

  • Jack

    Laura- you should invade Mid-America and spread you lushes appearance, interesting personality, attitude and bike, and drive up the cost of homes for those hard working blue collar people. Cause I mean if they can live there, why can’t you make it better with you elitism?

  • tom murphy

    I’d be along for this ‘crawl’ except I’ll be in Dublin or in the People’s Republic of Cork that night. Without a doubt I’ll be having a jar.

  • Jorale-man

    I think I’ll spend the night here working on my gaunt appearance and throwing around my lack of attitude. After all, I’m originally from Detroit, which also must me I have a lack of personality and like to push around a baby carriage.

  • Jorale-man

    “mean” that is, not “me I have…”

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  • Andrew Porter

    I’m originally from Detroit too, but came here in 1968 after sojourns in the Bronx and Manhattan.

    And today I got my summer shipment of 4 dozen cans of Vernor’s, Jorale-man!