SAME OL’ SAME OL’

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Flatbush Avenue between Hawthorne and Fenimore Streets. The black and white image was taken in roughly 1910. The color image was taken in March 2015. Note the original dollar vans – horses and carriages – doddering past the site of the 626 Flatbush development.    

SUMMERING ON PARKSIDE

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Believe it or not, wealthy 18th-Century Manhattanites once considered the pastoral expanse of Flatbush – and PLG in particular –  to be a prime spot for tranquil summer cribs.  Remarkably, former Loyalist NYC mayor David Mathews (served between 1776-1783)  would often bounce to a little sugar shack at the corner of  Parkside and Flatbush when he needed a breather from the taxing bustle of Manhattan. From Wikipedia: “Mathews lived in Manhattan but maintained a summer residence in Flatbush, located approximately at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Parkside Avenue, and where he conducted much of his business while Mayor.” He summered on Parkside and Flatbush! But

OLD SCHOOL

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Any documentary featuring notable Jews from Brooklyn inevitably presents a tender recollection of  Erasmus Hall High School at Flatbush and Church. After hearing that a youthful Barbara Streisand once bearhugged textbooks  just a few blocks outside of the PLG green zone I had to do a bit of cursory research on the gothic mammoth. The breadth and volume of famed sportsmen, scientists and singers who graduated as Dutchmen and Dutchwomen is astounding. Flatbushed presents a beginner’s guide to what could be the most remarkable high school alumni list in history. Babs – A Google search reveals that she’s a national