At the turn of the last century, the city experienced a huge school-construction boom. These two spanking-new elementary schools were apparently a point of pride for Brooklyn; The Eagle included them in a Brooklyn postcard series. Can you imagine a city paper doing that today? Nah.
PS 32 in Carroll Gardens still stands. It’s now called the Samuel Mills Sprole School, named after the man who was its principal for 32 years until his death in 1905.
PS 56 appears to no longer exist, at least in this location. But it’s a beautiful building nonetheless, easy to imagine lots of little kids crowding around the little yard.