Chilly Scenes of Winter in Brooklyn, 1888 to 1953 (Photos)

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden in the snow in 1947. Photo by The Brooklyn Daily Eagle via Brooklyn Public Library


    Historic photos of Brooklyn in the snow reveal familiar scenes of roads and brick row houses that could have been snapped yesterday as well as a shockingly bucolic view of Eastern Parkway.

    In this amateur photo following the Great Blizzard of 1888, the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic is heaped in snow. The blizzard dumped many feet of the white stuff on the borough. A drift in Gravesend measured 52 feet high.

    This scene shows a much more desolate Eastern Parkway than the one we know today. Dating to the late 19th century, the photo illustrates how horse drawn sleighs were the best way to get around in the snow at the time.

    In a more recent photo from 1953, a gent takes a stroll in freshly fallen snow in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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