Old New York Winter Slideshow

This is my old slideshow from nearly 10 years ago. I’d felt like collecting snowy images and putting them together. The Youtube quality back then was so low, unfortunately the video is grainy. But still enjoyable with the music. The music is called “Love is blue” by Paul Muriat.

I’m trying anything to keep cool in this stuffy place with no A/C!

Here’s a one minute video of a 2 ft. New York Blizzard from 2010.

2 Brooklyn Songs from the 20th – 21st Century

I get very interested whenever I find new songs that relate to Brooklyn. Everyone’s experience is very unique and diverse. These songs of course represent the borough between the 20th and 21st century. The first, by singer/songwriter Woodkid (Who has a terrific song called “I love you” btw!) features a simple bus ride across town with the camera on the people passing by. A nice diorama of the Real Brooklyn of today.

 

The second song, by local singer/songwriter Richard Levoi has nostalgic bent with a slideshow of famous and cozy hotspots, particularly from neighborhoods in what’s known as Southern Brooklyn. It’s a mellow, retrospective song, and his breezy style is reminiscent of Billy Joel. Have a listen. He’s close to a major record deal, and is trying to make 1,00,000 views! Let’s give him some of that Brooklyn show of support!

Brooklyn: A State of mind – 125 original stories from America’s most colorful City.

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Brooklyn: A State of Mind is a terrific book. It features an eclectic smorgasbord of essays, articles, interviews, art and photographs about the most beloved and often misunderstood City in America. Maybe even the world? Unfortunately, most stories are not centered on 19th Century Brooklyn, but there are a smattering of facts, images, and points of interest in different chapters which point to that era.

The consensus of many baby boomers seems to be that Brooklyn had its “heyday” in the early to mid-Twentieth Century. For more on that, read this cool book: When Brooklyn was the world: 1920-1957. A book that cleverly argues that the ‘real’ Brooklyn kinda, sorta, ceased to exist once the suburbs of Jersey and Long Island started popping up.

Brooklyn, A state of mind…boasts stories from actors, novelists, journalists, politicians, photographers, and artists. Their witty, gritty, and fun memories can evoke homesickness and nostalgia in a non-native Brooklynite. Their stories touch on everything from food, big hair, Coney Island, music, gangsters, ethnic communities and culture, children’s games, summer days and nights, wise guys, tough guys, and everyone in between. Memories, whether they are fond or foul, are jammed into each story. I highly recommend it for any Brooklyn lover’s collection.

140 Years of Change: The George Bradford Brainerd Project

Back at the end of April, Yahoo ran this interesting article. Photographer Jordan Liles was inspired to compare some of the oldest images of the City taken by George Bradford Brainerd, and photograph modern replica images at the exact locations.

The Brooklyn Museum website has over a thousand more original Old New York photos by Brainerd click here. 

They are amazing –The Brooklyn Bridge before the walk-way was even built. It’s almost eerie. 

 http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/170281/Construction_of_Brooklyn_Bridge

Or this beautifully composed photo, which sparks the imagination – perhaps a turn of the century Mystery or the beginning of a sweeping urban romance in the 1880’s? I’d prefer a mix of both. 🙂

http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/170282/Street_Scene_Near_Brooklyn_Bridge

Brooklyn Historical Society Exhibit: The Union Ferry Company

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Brooklyn Historical Society Exhibit: The Union Ferry Company

A month late with the post, but I wanted to share this article from the New York Daily News. I love the BHS. If only I had more time these days to visit such events and places. I also want to be more diligent on this blog. I forgot how fun the research was. My apologies to followers and readers.

If you’re interested, visit or give them a call and ask about the “Full Steam Ahead: 200 Years of Ferries in Brooklyn” exhibit which started on May 10th. They also have many other fine exhibits listed on the page to explore.

 

 

Oppulent Brooklyn Theater to be reborn in 2015!

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Oppulent Brooklyn Theater to be reborn in 2015!

Like the haunting restoration scene from 2004’s Phantom of the Opera, The Lowe’s Kings Theater will rise from the ruins to showcase Brooklyn talent at its finest. The Theater, which caused a splash in the roaring twenties, was shut down and abandoned after the 1977 blackouts. It became a City Landmark and was pretty much an untouched testament to the splendor that was once Flatbush Avenue. A venue like this smack in the middle of Flatbush Ave. today is sure to enhance the neighborhood in many ways and bring back the glamour and excitement of famous ‘Strip’ once again.

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