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Brooklyn Historical Society Receives Award; Upcoming Events

The Brooklyn Historical Society has announced that it has received a Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for its project, Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations. The project, which consisted of oral histories and public programs at the Society from 2011 to 2015, “examine[d] the history and experiences of […]

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Panel on “Brownstone Brooklyn” at Brooklyn Historical Society Tomorrow Evening

Tomorrow evening (Thursday, July 7) at 6:30 the Brooklyn Historical Society will host a panel discussion, “Brownstone Brooklyn: Pioneers in the Gentrification Movement”, moderated by Jarrett Murphy, executive editor of City Limits, and featuring Suleiman Osman, author of The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn, along with “Clinton Hill resident, filmmaker, and educator Walis Johnson, and Sandy […]

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At Brooklyn Bridge Park This Week

In summer there are many events and activities at Brooklyn Bridge Park daily; see a list of ones next week here. Parents should note that on Tuesday morning, June 28, from 10:30 to 11:30 at the small granite prospect facing Pier 3, a Brooklyn Public Library librarian will read children’s stories as part of the […]

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At Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

Tomorrow (Monday, June 27) evening at 6:30 p.m. Lloyd Handwerker, grandson of Nathan Handwerker, the immigrant from Poland who arrived in Brooklyn in 1912 practically penniless and with no English, “and went on to start a food empire that remains a household name a century later”, will be at Brooklyn Historical Society to screen and […]

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Coming Up at Brooklyn Bridge Park

There’s a wealth of free events at Brooklyn Bridge Park starting tomorrow (Thursday) evening and extending through the weekend. On Thursday evening, June 23, starting at 8:00, park partner BAMcinemaFest presents a screening of Sara Jordenö’s film Kiki on the Harbor View Lawn, Pier 1. Admission is free; there will be “curated food” for sale. […]

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Brooklyn Historical Society Salutes Manischewitz Wine Tuesday Evening

If, like your correspondent, you’re–as they say–getting long in the tooth, you may remember a jingle, “Oh man oh Manischewitz, what a wine!” The ads are long gone, but the wine is still made. It’s no longer made in Brooklyn, as it was back in the day, but in Canandaigua, a pretty town at the […]

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At Brooklyn Historical Society This Week

This Wednesday evening, March 2, starting at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society, along with the Brooklyn Arts Council and Interfaith Center of New York, will present “The 5th Annual Brooklyn Folk Arts Day: Preserving and Demystifying Ritual and Ceremony in Brooklyn“. featuring interactive presentations of ritual practices from Guyana, Ghana, and India, followed by a […]

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Brooklyn Historical Society Has Two Events Coming Up Thursday Evening, February 25

On Thursday evening, February 25, the Brooklyn Historical Society will host two events, both starting at 6:30. Downstairs in the main event space Randy Cohen (photo) will have as his guest on his latest Person Place Thing Kickstarter co-founder and CEO Yancey Strickler. Also on the program is fiddler Stephanie Coleman. Admission is $5; free […]

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Coming Up At Brooklyn Historical Society

As I learned from reading Bob Furman’s Brooklyn Heights: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of America’s First Suburb, in 1790 one third of Brooklyn’s population, which was then 4,500, was slaves. Tomorrow (Thursday, February 4) evening, starting at 6:30, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a panel discussion, “Why New York? Slavery on Long Island”, […]

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How did the Fruit Streets Get Their Names?

The Times’ “New York Today” offers an explanation…or two…without actually taking a stand. Cranberry, Orange and Pineapple Streets. A vitamin C trifecta. Why do these streets in Brooklyn bear names both boggy and tropical? As it turns out, there is no definitive answer to today’s question. Click away to see what Mrs. Middagh might have had to […]

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