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‘Brooklyn Before’ in Photographs

‘Brooklyn Before’ in Photographs

Brooklyn, Culture, History, Puerto Rican, Western European December 17, 2018 at 4:56 pm

Photographer Larry Racioppo evokes South Brooklyn of more than four decades ago. Bklyner spoke with him about his book and current retrospective.

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, center, joins Virginia Kee to her left and Deacon Robert Gee and Rev. Bayer Lee, both of the First Chinese Baptist Church, on the far right, and other community leaders in honoring Mabel Lee. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinatown Post Office Named for Mabel Lee

East Asian, History, Women December 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Rep. Nydia Velazquez joined Chinatown residents and leaders at the dedication ceremony of what is now the Mabel Lee Memorial Post Office, renamed in honor of the suffragette and local icon, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Chirlane McCray proudly announced statute site for Shirley Chisholm with many supporters. (Photo by Todd Maisel via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Shirley Chisholm Statue to Be Erected in Brooklyn

African American, Brooklyn, History, Women November 30, 2018 at 4:40 pm

Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress, will have a monument in her honor at the entrance of Prospect Park, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

The first church building of the United African Church. A cemetery was built behind the building, which was recently rediscovered. (Courtesy of Elmhurst Histories and Cemeteries Preservation Society)

Pushing to Landmark an Elmhurst African Burial Ground

African, History, Queens November 14, 2018 at 12:51 pm

The Elmhurst Histories and Cemeteries Preservation Society is hoping to prevent development on a local African burial ground by seeking landmark status for the site, reports Jackson Heights Post.

(Photo via The Suffolk Times)

A Tribute to Native Culture on LI

Culture, History, Long Island, Native American November 8, 2018 at 5:18 pm

The Southold Indian Museum on the North Fork will host Sewanhacky Tribute Weekend Nov. 10-11 to educate the public and showcase artifacts from 10,000 years worth of Native history on Long Island, reports The Suffolk Times.

Councilman Fernando Cabrera(right) with Congressman Adriano Espaillat at the unveiling of a WWII tribute for Dominican-born soldiers on the Bronx Community College campus.
(Photo courtesy Office of Councilman Fernando Cabrera via Norwood News)

Remembering Dominican Veterans of WWII

Bronx, Dominican, History November 7, 2018 at 5:31 pm

The country’s first monument dedicated to Dominican veterans of World War II was recently unveiled in the Bronx, reports Norwood News.

Thomas “Tommy” Lopez in his apartment. (Photo by Andrea May Sahouri)

A ‘Borinqueneer’ Reflects on Serving in Korea

Featured Posts, History, Manhattan, New York, Puerto Rican November 2, 2018 at 5:57 pm

One of the Puerto Ricans who served with the Borinqueneers 65th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War talks about his experiences.

(Photo by Carlotta Mohamed via QNS)

Remembering a Flushing Burial Ground

African American, History, Native American, Queens October 29, 2018 at 9:09 pm

The city is commemorating a burial ground in Flushing where the remains of Native Americans and African Americans were interred, reports QNS.

Author Ron Howell and his book on his grandfather Bertram Baker, the first Black person elected to public office in Brooklyn. (Photo by Photo by Alexandra Simon via Caribbean Life)

Remembering the ‘Boss of Black Brooklyn’

Black, Brooklyn, Caribbean, History, Politics October 19, 2018 at 4:15 pm

A new book on Bertram L. Baker explores how the first Black lawmaker elected to office in Brooklyn brought together Caribbean immigrants and U.S.-born Black Americans, reports Caribbean Life.

The Columbian Lawyers Association and its president Joseph Rosato (right) welcomed attorneys Carmelo Grimaldi (left) and Michael A. Scotto (center) for a continuing legal education seminar called, “Italians in America, Victims of Discrimination and Advocates for Inclusion and Diversity,” during their monthly meeting. (Photo by Mario Belluomo via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Discussing Italian Discrimination, Past and Present

Brooklyn, History, Western European October 4, 2018 at 5:09 pm

A Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn seminar discussed the history of discrimination faced by Italian Americans and the community’s concerns today, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

A section of Van Cortlandt Park was discovered several months ago to have been the site of unmarked graves for slaves owned by the Van Cortland family. (Photo by Julius Constantine Motal via The Riverdale Press)

Uncovering an African Burial Ground in the NW Bronx

African, Bronx, History August 27, 2018 at 4:11 pm

According to Bronx historians, a part of Van Cortlandt Park once served as a slave burial ground, reports The Riverdale Press.

Guillermo Vasquez (Photo via QNS)

Corner Named for Latino Activist Added to ‘LGBT Historic Sites’ Map

History, LGBTQ, South American August 17, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Guillermo Vasquez Corner in Elmhurst, co-named for the late LGBT activist, has been added to a digital project that maps sites of importance for the community, reports QNS.

A student holds image of slave remains placed in a pile. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

A Push to Recognize an Inwood Slave Burial Ground

African, History, Manhattan August 15, 2018 at 2:37 pm

Community leaders in Upper Manhattan are calling on the city to preserve an African burial ground in Inwood, reports Manhattan Times.

Posthumous mural of Jean-Jacques Dessalines (Creative Commons license)

A Controversial Street Co-Naming in Little Haiti?

Brooklyn, Caribbean, History August 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm

A street in Little Haiti is being co-named after Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the first leader of Haiti after independence. Brooklyn Daily Eagle takes a look at why some hesitate to celebrate the ruler.

Catacombs underneath Old St. Patrick’s in Little Italy (Photo by David Bergman via Bowery Boogie)

Irish History and Catacombs in Little Italy

History, Manhattan, Western European July 16, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Join Bowery Boogie on a tour of the only catacombs found in Manhattan.