A new website maps the city's Depression-era tax photos of every building, making it easy for researchers and history buffs to navigate the impressive photo archive by clicking on a map.
While the history-stuffed Othmer Library has been closed to researchers during the pandemic, lovers of the borough have a new reason to rejoice with the launch of Brooklyn Historical Society's map digitization project.
The libraries, archives and other cultural institutions may be closed, but if you need a little dig through history to distract you there are plenty of resources online to provide the service.
The hunt for historic images just got more exciting with the launch of a new map-based search site.
Go down the rabbit hole of online history hunting in a new way with some Brooklyn-themed videos.
In a move sure to get history-loving hearts racing, Brooklyn Collection at Brooklyn Public Library is making more than 40 borough-specific newspapers available for online hunting.
In a major boon for researchers, New York City history aficionados and old building lovers, the New York City Department of Records & Information Services has released a treasure trove of visual material online.
It is always a cause for celebration when new archival history resources go online -- especially for the enthusiastic digger of sometimes obscure history.
What did your Brooklyn row house look like originally? What year was it built? Who was the architect? Was it a two-family, one-family or something else? These are all questions original blueprints can answer. You may want to know because you are renovating, you have a passion for old houses, you are a new owner or you’re just curious.
Finding your original blueprints requires some legwork, ingenuity and persistence, as Brownstoner reader chemosphere recently discovered when researching his house in Flatbush.
He posted about the process, what he found and questions about the 100-year-old shorthand he was trying to decipher in a few separate posts in the forum. He has kindly allowed us to use those posts and the pictures of the blueprints he found to discuss in more detail how to find and read your original blueprints.
The past two Walkabouts have outlined some of the ways you can find information on Brooklyn’s historic buildings. There are sources on-line, as outlined in Part 1, and you can go to the Municipal Building at 210 Joralemon and try to trace your building’s history from the records at the Department of Buildings and the Real Property Records Room, as covered in Part 2. If you are still willing to do more of a background search, there are more places and resources you can tap into. We are quite fortunate that New York City has several excellent societies which are the repositories of our history, and even more fortunate that Brooklyn, because it was an independent city, had kept meticulous records of its own. Listed are many of these excellent resources: