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Brooklyn History

This is a guide to primary and secondary resources on local Brooklyn history.

New Brooklyn History Books


New York writer and guide Joseph Alexiou explores how the Gowanus creek came to play an outsized role in the story of America's greatest city. From the earliest Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam historical changes to the Canal and the neighborhood that surround it have functioned as a microcosm of the story of Brooklyn's rapid nineteenth-century growth.

Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883-1950

This book includes essays by curator of American art Sarah Kate Gillespie on the history of the Brooklyn Bridge as a symbol of modernity and on photography and artwork of the bridge.

The Historical Atlas of New York City, Third Edition

Now in its third edition,The Historical Atlas of New York City, takes us, neighborhood by neighborhood, through four hundred years of Gotham's rich past, from the city's initial settlement of 270 people in thirty log houses; to John Jacob Astor's meteoric rise to the richest, most powerful man in the city; the fascinating ethnic mixture that is modern Queens; and the new "Freedom Tower" at One World Trade Center.

Immigration and the City

In this insightful book, Eric Fong and Brent Berry describe both contemporary patterns of immigration and the urban context in order to understand the social and economic lives of immigrants in the city.

Lost Brooklyn

From Coney Island's Dreamland to Schaefer Brewery, here are the buildings, industries, and sites that have been lost to the wrecking ball Brooklyn has had many faces over the course of its fascinating history, from a major center of industry in the 19th century to the hippest and most populous of New York's five boroughs today.

Finding Brooklyn History Books

Try browsing shelves with the following call numbers to find Brooklyn books:

F 127 .K5- Kings County--History

F 128- New York City--History

F 129 .B7 - Brooklyn-- History

GV 875 .B7- Brooklyn Dodgers

LD 4801 .S27-  Saint Francis College

PN 1995.9 .B76- Brooklyn in Motion Pictures

TF 847 .N5- Subways-- New York (State) -- New York 

TG 25 .N53- Brooklyn Bridge

Other Libraries

BookshelfIf you can't find the book you want you can always check the WorldCat Catalog to see if it is in a nearby library.  SFC Library is a member of Academic Libraries of Brooklyn (ALB).  If you request an ALB card from the Reference Desk you can visit six other academic libraries.

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