The Brooklyn Daily Eagle series
Courtesy of a new search engine I discovered, a series of images which appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper. Although the image quality is poor, many of the images are rare and I hope to upgrade them off microfilm at the Brooklyn Public Library.
|Piels Beer Garden|
The August 27, 1905 issue contained a lengthy article about businesses in East New York. This is the first image I have seen of the Piels Beer garden, which was located on the southwest corner of Liberty and Sheffield Avenues. It was removed when the plant was expanded I believe around 1912.
|Solidarity Watchcase Co., Chestnut St.|
Located on the west side of Chestnut Street between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street, this company was unusual because it was owned by the workers. It was formed in the 1880s after a series of labor strikes left a number of engravers out of work, and they banded together to form their own company. The building is no longer standing.
|Bordens Dairy, Liberty Avenue.|
The first Borden plant in East New York was located on Liberty Avenue, between New Jersey Avenue and Vermont Street.They would eventually take over the Empire State Dairy and move to their plant on Atlantic Avenue. For a little bit of mystery, the building in that location today has the exact same footprint, though it is clearly a 2-story building and the Borden building was 3 stories. I know Rubel Bros., the coal and ice company, used the building in the 1930s for garages. This one needs more investigating.
|Elton Street, 1905.|
This picture appeared in the Feb 16 edition when excavation work for the new Arlington Avenue Presbyterian Church threatened to swallow the manse (rectory) next door.
|Church of the Transfiguration, 1905.|
This also appeared in the Feb 16 edition.
|P.S. 108, 1930s.|
On the left, a picture of a play at P.S. 108 in 1933. On the right, a display of student projects in 1931.
|ENY Vocational, 1946.|
An article about boatbuilding in the school program. I also discovered the school provided a lot of training for wartime production .
|P.S. 72, New Lots Avenue|
I was able to piece together some of the missing history of this school. After a fire in 1944 revealed the dangers of the old building, the Board of Education quickly closed the school amidst local protests. The building remained vacant and unmaintained, and this article in 1951 highlighted the dangers of the decaying property. The building was not demolished until the mid-1950s.