Announcing “Ask the Brooklyn Borough Historian”


    We’re pleased to announce that Ron Schweiger, the official Brooklyn Borough Historian, will be taking questions from readers on all matters of Brooklyn’s past, and a few on its future, too. He’s particularly knowledgeable about Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach and Victorian Flatbush &#8212 from their famous inhabitants to the developers who first plotted out the areas &#8212 and about the history of our street names and neighborhoods.

    Ron was appointed by Borough President Marty Markowitz in 2002. Raised in Gravesend, Schweiger moved to Victorian Flatbush after graduating from Brooklyn College and getting married. He taught science for 31 years at P.S. 219 in East Flatbush and, after retiring from the Board of Education, began teaching science to grades three, four and five at Yeshivah of Flatbush. He’s been instrumental in helping landmark several Brooklyn locations, from Fiske Terrace to the Avenue H subway station on the Q line.

    Please leave questions for him in the comments below or email them to us.

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