Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn Botanic Garden’

Girl, roses, and butterfly in a Brooklyn garden

May 15, 2013

RosesofyesterdaystatueThere’s an enormous amount of beauty in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, opened in 1910.

But the bronze statue of a girl holding roses in her right hand and a butterfly sundial in her left is an especially captivating sight.

Called “Roses of Yesterday” and created in 1923 by Harriet W. Frishmuth, the five-foot statue fittingly welcomes visitors into the rose garden pavilion.

Frishmuth was a Philadelphia native who came to New York to create art. She had a studio on Sniffen Court, the loveliest alley in Murray Hill.


Kansas? Nebraska? Nope, 19th century Brooklyn

October 29, 2008

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.