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Some products branded, invented or patented in Brooklyn include the deep-fried Twinkie, Sweet’N Low, teddy bears, the country’s first roller coaster, the first bank credit card, and Nathan’s famous hot dogs. nuhotelbrooklyn.com

Coney Island hosts an annual mermaid parade.



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  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    View from Cowanus Heights, Brooklyn
    American Scenery,
    by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1840
    Artwork
  • 1845 - January 1 - The Cobble Hill Tunnel in Brooklyn is completed

    historyorb.com

  • 1854 - Brooklyn
    Brooklyn, a city, seaport, and seat of justice of King's county, New York, at the western extremity of Long island, 146 miles S. from Albany, and...Read MORE...


  • 1859
    BROOKLYN, the cap. of King's co., in the state of New York, U.S., 146 m. S of Albany, and 227 m. from Washington, in N lat. 40 41 50, W long 73 59...Read MORE...


  • News 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

  • News 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

  • News 1870 - January 3 - Construction begins on Brooklyn Bridge in New York; completed May 24, 1883

    historyorb.com
    January 3, 1870

  • News 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...Read MORE...


  • News 1882 - KINGS COUNTY ASYLUM FIRE. TWO INMATES PERISH.
    Flatbush, N. Y., Feb. 21. - The east wing of the Kings County Insane Asylum, at Flatbush, New York, was burned yesterday morning, and two of the...Read MORE...


  • News 1883 - May 30 - Rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse caused a stampede that kills 12
    AGONIZING !!!!!
    Details of the Disaster on the Bridge.
    Men and Women Crushed and Trampled to Death in the Blockade at New York Anchorage.

    THE...Read MORE...


  • 1883 - Brooklyn Bridge opens


  • News 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 ...Read MORE...


  • News 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...Read MORE...


  • News 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 ...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Brooklyn
    Brooklyn, a city, seaport, and capital of Kings co, N.Y., at the W. and S.W. ends of Long Island, 146 miles S. of Albany, and 235 miles by rail N.E....Read MORE...


  • News 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...Read MORE...


  • News 1898 - The Greatest Suspension Bridge in the world
    is the Brooklyn Bridge, which also leads the world in the number of its daily passengers. Its length, including approaches is 5989 feet, the distance ...Read MORE...


  • 1898 - January 1 - Brooklyn merges with NY to form present City of NY

    historyorb.com

  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
    Postcard
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Hotel Margaret, Brooklyn, New York
    Postcard
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    The Cables, Brooklyn Bridge, New York
    Postcard
  • 1903 - December 19 - Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn & Manhattan

    historyorb.com

  • News 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...Read MORE...


  • News 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...Read MORE...


  • News 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...Read MORE...


  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Old Dutch Reform Church, Flatbush & Church Aves.
    Postcard
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Wallabout Market
    Postcard
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Shooting the Chutes, Coney Island, 1907
    Postcard
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Crowds on Beach at Half Moon Hotel, Coney Island, N.Y.
    Postcard
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Museum of Art
    Postcard
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Post Office
    Postcard
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    View of Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint, 1912
    Postcard
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    23rd Regiment Armory
    Postcard
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Coney Island Theatre Building
    Surf and Stillwell Aves.
    Coney Island, N.Y.
    Postcard
  • News On October 16, 1916 Sanger opened a family planning and birth control clinic at 46 Amboy Street in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, the first of its kind in the United States.
    Nine days after the clinic opened, Sanger was arrested.
    www.wikipedia.org
    October 16, 1916

  • 1916
    Brooklyn, a former city of Kings co., N.Y., since Jan. 1, 1898, a borough of the city of New York, situated at the W. end of Long Island. Lat. of the ...Read MORE...


  • News 1918 - November 1 - 102 die in a NYC BMT subway derailment at Malbone Street Brooklyn

    historyorb.com
    November 1, 1918

  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Prospect Theatre, 9th St. and 5th Ave., Flatbush, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Postcard
  • News 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...Read MORE...


  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Sunset Park, Bay Bridge, 1935
    Postcard
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Borough Hall
    Postcard
  • News 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...Read MORE...


  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
    C. W. V. Model Gift Home of 1952
    Bay 8th St. and Cropsey Ave.
    Brooklyn, N.Y.
    FREE - Public Inspection - FREE
    Daily 2:00 to 10:30 P.M.
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  • 1955 - Brooklyn Dodgers won World Series




Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Brooklyn, New York, USA


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View from Cowanus Heights, Brooklyn
American Scenery,
by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1840
Artwork

Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Postcard

Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Hotel Margaret, Brooklyn, New York
Postcard

Brooklyn, New York, USA
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The Cables, Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Postcard

Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Old Dutch Reform Church, Flatbush & Church Aves.
Postcard

Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Wallabout Market
Postcard

Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Shooting the Chutes, Coney Island, 1907
Postcard



Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Crowds on Beach at Half Moon Hotel, Coney Island, N.Y.
Postcard

Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Museum of Art
Postcard

Brooklyn, New York, USA
Pinterest
Post Office
Postcard

Brooklyn, New York, USA
Pinterest
View of Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint, 1912
Postcard

Brooklyn, New York, USA
Pinterest
23rd Regiment Armory
Postcard

Brooklyn, New York, USA
Pinterest
Coney Island Theatre Building
Surf and Stillwell Aves.
Coney Island, N.Y.
Postcard

Brooklyn, New York, USA
Pinterest
Prospect Theatre, 9th St. and 5th Ave., Flatbush, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Postcard

Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Sunset Park, Bay Bridge, 1935
Postcard



Brooklyn, New York, USA
Pinterest
Borough Hall
Postcard

Brooklyn, New York, USA
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C. W. V. Model Gift Home of 1952
Bay 8th St. and Cropsey Ave.
Brooklyn, N.Y.
FREE - Public Inspection - FREE
Daily 2:00 to 10:30 P.M.
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  • 1845 - January 1 - The Cobble Hill Tunnel in Brooklyn is completed

    historyorb.com
  • 1854 - Brooklyn
    Brooklyn, a city, seaport, and seat of justice of King's county, New York, at the western extremity of Long island, 146 miles S. from Albany, and... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    BROOKLYN, the cap. of King's co., in the state of New York, U.S., 146 m. S of Albany, and 227 m. from Washington, in N lat. 40 41 50, W long 73 59... Read MORE...

  • News  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
  • News  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
  • News  1870 - January 3 - Construction begins on Brooklyn Bridge in New York; completed May 24, 1883

    historyorb.com
    January 3, 1870
  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  1882 - KINGS COUNTY ASYLUM FIRE. TWO INMATES PERISH.
    Flatbush, N. Y., Feb. 21. - The east wing of the Kings County Insane Asylum, at Flatbush, New York, was burned yesterday morning, and two of the... Read MORE...

  • 1883 - Brooklyn Bridge opens
  • News  1883 - May 30 - Rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse caused a stampede that kills 12
    AGONIZING !!!!!
    Details of the Disaster on the Bridge.
    Men and Women Crushed and Trampled to Death in the Blockade at New York Anchorage.

    THE... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  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 ... Read MORE...

  • News  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 ... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Brooklyn
    Brooklyn, a city, seaport, and capital of Kings co, N.Y., at the W. and S.W. ends of Long Island, 146 miles S. of Albany, and 235 miles by rail N.E.... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • 1898 - January 1 - Brooklyn merges with NY to form present City of NY

    historyorb.com
  • News  1898 - The Greatest Suspension Bridge in the world
    is the Brooklyn Bridge, which also leads the world in the number of its daily passengers. Its length, including approaches is 5989 feet, the distance ... Read MORE...

  • 1903 - December 19 - Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn & Manhattan

    historyorb.com
  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Brooklyn, a former city of Kings co., N.Y., since Jan. 1, 1898, a borough of the city of New York, situated at the W. end of Long Island. Lat. of the ... Read MORE...

  • News  On October 16, 1916 Sanger opened a family planning and birth control clinic at 46 Amboy Street in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, the first of its kind in the United States.
    Nine days after the clinic opened, Sanger was arrested.
    www.wikipedia.org
    October 16, 1916
  • News  1918 - November 1 - 102 die in a NYC BMT subway derailment at Malbone Street Brooklyn

    historyorb.com
    November 1, 1918
  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • News  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... Read MORE...

  • 1955 - Brooklyn Dodgers won World Series

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