Kansas? Nebraska? Nope, 19th century Brooklyn

It’s hard to imagine that in the 1860s, when this photo was taken, much of Brooklyn consisted of farmland dotted with the occasional house and tree.

This is before Brooklyn was even a united city; Kings County around this time contained a couple of different cities and several small towns that had yet to be combined into the borough of Brooklyn as we know it today. 

But things would change soon. Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as well as major thoroughfares like Eastern Parkway and Ocean Parkway would all be built in the next few decades, ushering in a big Brooklyn population boom.

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2 Responses to “Kansas? Nebraska? Nope, 19th century Brooklyn”

  1. Benjamin Feldman Says:

    Your website is absolutely magnificent !! Each and every article is well-written, succinct, and a gateway to marvelous treasures about this wonderful place in which we are privileged to live. Your readers of this particular article might be interested in a photo exhibit of glass plate images from about 1900 done by Clinton Irving Jones that was shown at the Underbridge Gallery (now in Clinton Hill) a year or two ago. The link is: http://www.underbridgepictures.com/pages/Jones.html

    Best regards,
    Ben Feldman

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Thank you so much! The link you provided was of great interest to readers too.

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