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An ‘Unlikely Activist’ in Chinatown

An ‘Unlikely Activist’ in Chinatown

Asian, History, Women May 3, 2018 at 3:50 pm

The May episode of CUNY TV’s “Asian American Life” highlights women activists and philanthropists, including an “unlikely” suffragette in Chinatown who may soon be recognized at the federal level.

Liang Jin shows a photo of his father's family in China. (Photo by Yu Lan via World Journal)

Chinese Share Memories of Exclusion Act

East Asian, History, Immigration April 25, 2018 at 3:25 pm

At the annual Family Treasures event at the Museum of Chinese in America, Chinese Americans brought historical documents and photos belonging to family members who lived during the era of the Chinese Exclusion Act, reports World Journal.

Legacy preserved: Local civic gurus voted to co-name Gold Street between Myrtle Avenue and Willoughby Street after journalist and civil-rights advocate Ida B. Wells, who lived on the block back in the 1890s.

‘Ida B. Wells Place’ in Brooklyn?

African American, Brooklyn, History, Women April 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm

A part of Gold Street in downtown Brooklyn could be named in honor of Ida B. Wells, the journalist and abolitionist who spent her formative years in the borough, writes Brooklyn Paper.

Old and new: A walking tour of Coney Island on April 21 will educate people about businesses that were started by immigrants, including Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters. (Photo from the Coney Island History Project via Brooklyn Paper)

The Immigrants Behind Coney Island’s Iconic Businesses

Business, History, Immigration April 20, 2018 at 1:29 pm

The “Immigrant Heritage Tour of Coney Island,” taking place on April 21, will inform visitors about the famous businesses in the area founded by immigrants, reports Brooklyn Paper.

J. Marion Sims statue in East Harlem (Photo by Eden, Janine and Jim, Creative Commons license)

Cemetery Takes in Sims, a Second Controversial Statue

Brooklyn, History April 18, 2018 at 5:55 pm

In reporting on the relocation of the statue of J. Marion Sims to Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports that it is the second “disgraced statue” the cemetery has accepted in recent years.

1905 Avenue M in Midwood (Photo via Bklyner)

A Jewish-Themed Escape Room in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, History, Jewish March 30, 2018 at 4:05 pm

A Bklyner story asks whether a Jewish-themed escape room opening in Brooklyn is “necessarily an inappropriate idea” following news of the attraction simulating an escape from a pogrom.

Assembly member Jo Anne Simon and Council member Brad Lander call on LPC to landmark 238 and 236 President St. (right building). (Photo by Pamela Wong via Bklyner)

A Call to Protect Historic Carroll Gardens Kindergarten

Brooklyn, Education, History, Latino, Religion March 27, 2018 at 5:29 pm

Brooklyn media outlets cover local efforts to save two buildings in Carroll Gardens, one of which served as the borough’s first public kindergarten and later its first Spanish-speaking parish.

Amanda Morales (Photo by Marisa Scheinfeld via The Forward)

Finding Refuge, 75 Years Ago, and Today

History, Immigration, Jewish, Latino, Manhattan March 26, 2018 at 5:03 pm

The Forward tells the story of refugees in Washington Heights – from 75 years ago to the present day.

At the 'Defense of the Fatherland' Day. (Photo via 
Russkaya Reklama)

Observing Russia’s ‘Defender of the Fatherland Day’

History, Jewish, New York, Northern Europe March 22, 2018 at 3:45 pm

Holocaust survivors and WWII veterans in the Russian community marked Defender of the Fatherland Day in Brighton Beach, reports Russkaya Reklama.

St. Rosalia Church at 14th Avenue and 63rd Street in Dyker Heights (Screen shot via Google Maps)

Italian Church in Brooklyn to Be Demolished?

Brooklyn, History, Religion, Western European March 22, 2018 at 3:03 pm

Brooklyn Reporter and Brooklyn Paper cover efforts by Dyker Heights residents and preservationists to save St. Rosalia Church, founded in 1902 by Italian immigrants.

Acariciando El Chivo (Caressing the Goat) by Scherezade Garcia (Photo by Vania Andre via The Haitian Times)

Artists from DR and Haiti Explore a Complicated Past

Caribbean, Culture, History March 19, 2018 at 3:54 pm

BRIC is holding an exhibit of artists from Haiti, the Dominican Republic and their diasporas through April 29, report The Haitian Times and Brooklyn Paper.

Photo via the Tenement Museum

Immigrant Stories Told Through Everyday Objects 

East Asian, History, Immigration, Manhattan March 13, 2018 at 2:48 pm

The Chinese-American Planning Council worked with the Tenement Museum to present “Your Story, Our Story,” an exhibition of ordinary objects brought by immigrant families and the stories behind them, reports World Journal.

Home Owners’ Loan Corp., used what many historians believe were racist guidelines when appraising areas, a practice known as "redlining." (Photo by Aaron Mayorga via The Riverdale Press)

Showing Redlining’s Impact in the Bronx

Bronx, History, Housing March 5, 2018 at 4:08 pm

The discriminatory practice of redlining and its impact in the Bronx is explored in a new interactive exhibit, reports The Riverdale Press.

227 Abolitionist Place (Screen shot via Brooklyn Daily Eagle video)

Trying to Preserve History on Abolitionist Place

African American, Brooklyn, History March 2, 2018 at 5:14 pm

One family hopes to keep part of the property at 227 Duffield St. in Brooklyn in order to preserve its history as a station on the Underground Railroad, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Frederick Douglass and his paternal great-great-grandson, Lloyd Weaver (Photos via BK Reader)

On the Legacy of Frederick Douglass

African American, Brooklyn, History February 28, 2018 at 4:12 pm

Lloyd Weaver speaks to BK Reader about his great-great-grandfather, Frederick Douglass, in a wide-ranging interview in honor of the abolitionist’s bicentennial birthday.