Brooklyn: Historically Speaking

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From America's first suburb to its favorite borough, Brooklyn is by all accounts matchless. Taking readers away from the film sets and off the tour buses, borough historian John Manbeck reveals the communities that have defined its diverse neighborhoods, from the early Dutch settlers to today's colonizing hipsters. Through urbanism and war, depression and gentrification, Manbeck's columns, first printed in the Brooklyn Eagle and now collected here, show Brooklyn for what it is-a cultural and social nonpareil that...
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From America's first suburb to its favorite borough, Brooklyn is by all accounts matchless. Taking readers away from the film sets and off the tour buses, borough historian John Manbeck reveals the communities that have defined its diverse neighborhoods, from the early Dutch settlers to today's colonizing hipsters. Through urbanism and war, depression and gentrification, Manbeck's columns, first printed in the Brooklyn Eagle and now collected here, show Brooklyn for what it is-a cultural and social nonpareil that just happens to sit across the East River from Manhattan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596295001
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Pages: 159
  • Sales rank: 817,461
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Dozier Hasty     7
Introduction     11
Historically Brooklyn
History Happened Here     16
Researching Brooklyn Online     19
Passing of Brooklyn     21
Creating Brooklyn: 1776 at the Old Stone House
Fighting the Good Fight     24
Brooklyn's Battle of 1776     27
The Downside of War     29
The Mayor of Stirling Visits Brooklyn     33
A Brooklyn for All Time     37
Brooklyn Day Lives On     40
Playground of the World
Coney Island Redux     46
Coney Island Carousels     49
Beacon by the Sea     58
Astroland's Last Ride?     61
The Big Wheel     65
Catastrophes from the Past     67
Saving Coney Island     70
Our Protectors
Brooklyn's Guardians     76
Brooklyn Cells     80
A Hot Time in Old Brooklyn Town     82
Brooklyn Fire Alarums     85
Brooklyn's Deadliest Fire     87
Neighborhoods
Gentrification is Rebirth     90
Brooklyn Heights     95
Cobble Hill     122
DUMBO: Not a Pink Elephant     126
Park Slope's"Whale and Squid"     128
Sheepshead Bay     130
Away We Go!
Ferryboat Serenade     136
Brooklyn's Trolley Strike     139
Brooklyn Derailed     143
Brooklyn's LIRR     146
Floyd Bennett Field     148
On the Waterfront
Our Waterfront Heritage     154
Bridges to Brooklyn     157
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