Brooklyn Collection

Image of the Week

It's the height of the summer, and every year we are trying to find different ways to help you stay cool - traditional Brooklyn style. Along with good old Coney Island and spouting fire hydrants, there is also the Prospect Park Lake to keep us from overheating. This image dates back to 1952, and the caption from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reads, "Here's how they beat the heat -- Mrs. Herbert Charner of 3801 18th Ave. cools her tootsies as husband forgets oars and weather on Prospect Park Lake". 


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.

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