Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA
View from Cowanus Heights, Brooklyn
by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1840
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA
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Brooklyn was an independent incorporated city (and previously an authorized village and town within the provisions of the New York State Constitution, until January 1, 1898 when, after a long political campaign and public relations battle during the 1890s, according to the new Municipal Charter of "Greater New York", Brooklyn was consolidated with the other cities, boroughs and counties to form the modern "City of New York" surrounding the Upper New York Bay with five constituent boroughs. It continues however to maintain a distinct culture, as befitting the former second or third largest city in America during the later 19th Century. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are ethnic enclaves where particular ethnic and nationality groups and cultures predominate... Wikipedia
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1845 - January 1 - The Cobble Hill Tunnel in Brooklyn is completed
1868 - Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, N. Y., has 1,700 members; the First Church of Oberlin, Ohio, has 1,400 members -
the two largest Congregational churches in the country.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 25, 1868
1869 - Laura Cresswell, a teacher in one of the Brooklyn public schools, was burned to death the other night, by the explosion of a kerosene lamp.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 3, 1869
1870 - January 3 - Construction begins on Brooklyn Bridge in New York; completed May 24, 1883
January 3, 1870
1876 - THE HOLOCAUST. The Story as it Stood at Two O'clock This Afternoon. AN UNPRECEDENTED HORROR. EVERY HOUR ADDING TO THE LIST OF THE DEAD. THE CALAMITY NOT YET MEASURED.
A Hundred Bodies Recovered from the Ruins and a Hundred More Visible.
GENERAL FEATURES OF THE DISASTER.
Every hour since the fire in the theatre was extinguished has brought fresh and saddening evidence of the extent of the horror.
At first it was believed that few, if any, lives had been lost. About 7 o'clock it was known that at least twenty persons had been burned to death or smothred. By 9 o'clock the list of deaths had risen to seventy. At 11 o'clock ninety victims were counted, and ... Read MORE...
1883 - Brooklyn Bridge opens
1883 - May 30 - Rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse caused a stampede that kills 12
May 30, 1883
1884 - MEETING WITH A CRASH. PROBABLE FATAL COLLISION ON THE CONEY ISLAND RAILROAD.
Brooklyn, July 15. - A collision occurred on the Brooklyn Bath and Coney Island railroad, near Greenwood cemetery, yesterday afternoon, by which several people were severely injured, some probably fatally. The engineer of a coal train, in endeavoring to reach the switch just outside the city limits before the 2:30 train from Coney Island miscalculated the time and met the incoming train just after rounding a curve. The two trains came together with a crash. There was much confusion. A number of ... Read MORE...
1884 - A SHOCK OF EARTHQUAKE Felt Over a Large Region – A Vibratory Motion from Washington to Maine
...The policemen on the Brooklyn bridge report that the shock was distinctly felt there, and the great towers at either end oscillated visibly, while the bridge itself rocked as if struck by a hurricane. The shock was felt generally along the river fronts, and the piers were shaken as if by a heavily loaded truck passing over them. At the iron steamboat pier, which is built of solid masonry, the motion was so violent that the ticket-takers rushed from their offices to ascertain the cause of the ... Read MORE...
1888 - America for Americans
BROOKLYN, N. Y., Nov. 24 - "Deacon" Richardson has given notice that hereafter only American citizens, native or naturalized, will be employed on his street car lines as conductors or drivers.
The Daily City News
New Castle, Pennsylvania
November 24, 1888
1897 - BRAVE POLICEMAN FARRELL Saves Lives of Passengers of a Brighton Beach Train at Risk of His Own. THWARTS TRAIN WRECKERS
Catches Five Boys Wedging Stones in an Opened Switch - Hampered by Two Prisoners, He Works as the Train Approached.
Policeman FARRELL of the Twenty-second Police Precinct, Brooklyn, working under great difficulties, saved the lives of many passengers of a Bright Beach Railroad train last night. He did this at the risk of his own life and the lives of the two boy prisoners, whom he had caught in an attempt to wreck the train.
Several times recently large stones have been found on the Bright... Read MORE...
1898 - January 1 - Brooklyn merges with NY to form present City of NY
1903 - December 19 - Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn & Manhattan
1904 - DEATH IN ELEVATED WRECK
Three Fatalities and Many Injured in Brooklyn Collision.
Electric Train, Crowded with Passengers, Crashes Into Rear End of Stalled Locomotive and Cars.
Three were killed and many injured in a rear-end collision on the Kings County Eelevated [sic] Railroad in Brooklyn yesterday morning. The colliding cars caught fire, and others were hurt in the panic which ensued.
A four-car train of the Fulton Street Division drawn by a steam locomotive pulled out of the East New York yard at Alabama a... Read MORE...
1904 - IMPALED ON WAGON SHAFT.
James Jones of No. 76 Oakland street, Brooklyn, was impaled yesterday afternoon on the shaft of an express wagon while he was riding on the running board of a Third avenue trolley car in Brooklyn.
The car had reached Twenty-fifth street and was going at high speed when the horse attached to the wagon turned out into the street. Jones could not climb into the car because of its crowded condition and he was stuck in the side by the shaft.
The stick broke three ribs and penetrated his side, i... Read MORE...
1904 - BOY CRUSHED UNDER CAR.
Pinioned under the forward truck of a trolley car in Wyckoff avenue, near Temple avenue, Brooklyn, last night, George Schroeder, eight years old of No. 406 Ralph street, pluckily directed the efforts of men who worked for nearly an hour to extricate him.
More than a score of men took hold of the car and lifted it from the tracks. The lad was badly cut and bruised and suffered from internal injuries. Dr. Tesiffer of the German Hospital, said his condition was precarious.
New York, New York
September 9, 1904
1918 - November 1 - 102 die in a NYC BMT subway derailment at Malbone Street Brooklyn
November 1, 1918
1922 - BROOKLYN FACTORY FIRE TRAPS SCORES.
ONE MAN KILLED AND MANY SUFFER INJURIES.
GIRLS LEAP FROM FLAMES.
WOMEN IN LOFT SECTION CAUGHT WITH OUT WARNING AS FLAMES SPREAD THROUGH BUILDING.
New York. - One man was killed and more than a dozen persons were injured when a five-story factory building on South Thirteenth Street, in Brooklyn, was destroyed by fire.
A report which could not be confirmed said that 15 girls were trapped in the upper floors of the building occupied by shirt factories.
A hasty search of the building by f... Read MORE...
1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
... In Brooklyn, JOSEPH LAUZON, 55, street car motorman, was electrocuted when he stepped from his car and onto a live wire pulled down by a tree that had fallen on the tracks...
The Troy Record
Troy, New York
September 15, 1944
1955 - Brooklyn Dodgers won World Series