The Colonial history of Brooklyn

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It’s amazing how much of a pivotal role our city played during the Colonial era. As this new Smithsonian article brings out, “New York City is an afterthought—if it’s part of the conversation at all.” — Yet NYC suffered great losses, and with just a population of 25,000. The most heartbreaking of those being trapped in squalor aboard brutal British Prison ships and other make-shift prisons around the colony.

via The grisly history of Brooklyn’s Revolutionary War martyrs

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Prison Ship Martyrs Association

This is a group dedicated to preserving the memory and history of these tragic events. They even have the names of 8,000 victims.Whether they were captured, fought, or died. Chances are there were many more, but the records are what they are.

Further Reading:

When skulls and bones washed ashore in Brooklyn

The Battle of Brooklyn: A loss that helped win the Revolution

The Battle for Brooklyn, 1776

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!