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I bet those folks back in 1938 would’ve expected a lot of change to happen over the course of 76 years. I can just envision them, chomping on their cigars, flipping their derby hats in their hands, and saying, “Boy, oh, boy, in that there 2014, this here Sheepshead Bay Road will just blow your wig.…

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When moderators of “The History of Fort Tilden, Floyd Bennett Field, and Marine Park” Facebook page posted this photo a few weeks ago, it set me off on a long search of old newspaper archives and other databases for what they called the “Sea Monster of Gerritsen Beach.” Nothing turned up, but Facebook readers did share photos of a Nessie lookalike that hung around the…

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This old photo depicts Sheepshead Bay – supposedly in the 1960s – revealing some of the good ways in which the Bay has been cleaned up over the years. On its eBay listing, the photo is captioned “Sheepshead Bay- Brooklyn- Vintage 1960s New York,” and shows the rocky bay, with dirt and junk scattered over…

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Unlike those who enjoy their days off at the local beach today, in the 1890s, Brighton Beach visitors played in the sand and swam in the ocean fully clothed and covered up. This set of stereoscopic cards, entitled “Lot of 2 Brighton Beach Scenes from the Gay 1890s,” was published by Liberty Brand, a company…

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I can’t believe it’s been more than a year since the last entry in our Postcard series! Not much has found its way to us since then, but, yesterday, this awesome engraving was brought to our attention via eBay. Titled “The New Iron Pier at West Brighton Beach, Coney Island,” the image was created by Charles…

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It’s been a while since we’ve had an entry in our Postcard series, so we dug up this guy. This 1905 postcard was recently up for grabs on eBay, showing an old-world photo of Manhattan Beach. Anyone know what the pilings were for? (Hint: I don’t.)

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Wandering NYC dug up this awesome 1924 real estate advertisement, marketing “The New Flatbush,” a.k.a, “Sheepshead Bay-Harkness Estate,” a.k.a. Nostrand Avenue and Avenue U. I personally like how the sea shell the mermaid is holding went into land into built homes. Believe it or not, but a number of streets (including Shell Road) in the area…

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For those who didn’t know the M train made an appearance on our train tracks, this picture proves it. Info from the eBay seller says that this train is southbound from Kings Highway on October 23, 2004, which is not that long ago. When looking at this picture, it seems like this train was from…

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Brighton Beach in 1901, when people were wearing too much. That’s the direct opposite of what you see today on the beach, where people are wearing too little. And did you know that the beach once included a sign that read, “Neither indecent bathing suits nor immodest deportment will be tolerated.” (You can see this sign…

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We got this photo of the Rainbow Bandshell, circa 1930, from Michael Goldstein, the director of Alumni Relations at Kingsborough Community College. Don’t know what the Rainbow Bandshell was? Neither did I. But many of the area’s older residents remember hearing stories about the fabled shows at the world famous venue. “The shell was designed…

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