Brooklyn Collection

Image of the Week 

The New Year is nearing, and we would like to remind all Brooklynites and New Yorkers of a century-old tradition of swimming with the Polar Bears on January 1st. The Coney Island Polar Bear Club exists since 1903 and is still going strong. Last year, more than 3000 Polar Bears and unaffiliated citizens took part in a New Year dip. With the weather being mild as it is, would you consider?

About the Brooklyn Collection

The Brooklyn Collection is Brooklyn Public Library's local history division, providing a range of information and services about anything and everything Brooklyn. Our rich assortment of research materials and archival documents includes maps, historic Brooklyn photographs, ephemera, prints and the full run of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

historic photographs website

View and/or purchase more than 20,000 Brooklyn photographs.

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Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Fulton Street Trade Cards

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Brooklyn in theCivil War

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