New York: Dover Publications, 1978. First edition. Oversized Paperback. Octavo, pp. ix, 165, indexed, illustrated with 157 b/w plates. Very Good. Item #20229
The photographs in this book, many never reprinted before, recreate the ambiance of old Brooklyn as it appeared between 1865 and 1919 - a rich, vital and exciting place. Shipbuilding and commerce thrived along its waterfront; its ocean playground at Coney Island and its racetracks were world-famous; its reputation was built on the quality of its residential districts, and it prided itself as being the city of homes and churches. Arranged to retrace the area's growth from the original Dutch settlement of Breuckelen, these photos offer a rare and fascinating glimpse of Brooklyn's development in the 19th century. From the Old House Journal Reference Library.