From Coney Island's Dreamland to Schaefer Brewery, here are the buildings, industries, and sites that have been lost to the wrecking ballBrooklyn has had many faces over the course of its fascinating history, from a major center of industry in the 19th century to the hippest and most populous of New York's five boroughs today. Organized chronologically, starting with the earliest losses and ending with the latest, Lost Brooklynfeatures the much-loved buildings, industries, and modes of transportation that have been lost, replaced, or transformed in the name of progress. Losses include Brooklyn Naval Hospital, Brooklyn Shipping Piers, Brooklyn Sugar Refining Co., Brooklyn Velodrome, Coney Island Clubhouse, Ebbets Field, the Elevated Railway, Fort Lafayette, Fox Theatre, Fulton Ferry, Hotel St. George, Luna Park, Sheepshead Speedway, Steeplechase Park, Streetcars, and Williamsburg Plaza.
About the Author
Marcia Reiss is the author of Architectural Details, Brooklyn Then and Now, Lost New York, New York Then and Now, and a series of guides to historic Brooklyn neighborhoods for the Brooklyn Historical Society. She is former policy director of the Parks Council, now New Yorkers for Parks, and former public affairs director for the New York City Department of Ports and Trade. She also taught at Columbia University and Hunter College and was a reporter for the Brooklyn Phoenix. A former resident of Brooklyn and Manhattan, she lives in upstate New York.