The Brooklyn Collection presents a selection of resources on Williamsburg, a part of what was formerly known as Brooklyn's Eastern District.
The website presents a full picture of the history and flavor of this annual festival. A live video, photos, history of the festival, dates and program of the coming year’s festivities are provided.
This is not a site for children but teachers may want to browse it for up to the minute information on such environmental issues as the power plants and the river front. Apartment listings, guides to restaurants, galleries and bars and listings of newly constructed condos and apartment buildings with comments. Great links to many Brooklyn web sites. Information on transit conditions.
GWAPP is a coalition of over 40 community organizations dedicated to education and outreach on issues affecting the environment, waterfront and neighborhoods of North Brooklyn (includes Williamsburg.)
In its Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning Plan, the Department of City Planning is proposing zoning changes to allow for housing and open spaces, in tandem with light industry and commercial uses, along two miles of Brooklyn’s East River waterfront and upland neighborhoods. The site provides maps, images, animations and explanations of the proposed study area and the ramifications, problems and timetable for the project.
Includes street name changes from the three neighborhoods in the Eastern District of Brooklyn, Bushwick, Greenpoint and Williamsburg
Excerpts from a book and DVD about in-line skaters in Williamsburg's Southside.
Located at 135 Broadway at the corner of Bedford Avenue, the WAH Center is open to the public for art exhibits and cultural events. It is located in the Kings County Savings Bank building, built in 1867, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs awarded the center a capital grant of $100,000 in FY 2004 for exterior renovation of the building.
A well-planned site that relates the history of the planning and construction of the bridge. There are photos, information on early problems with the bridge, the 1988 rehabilitation, and a list of bridge facts.
Dave Frieder’s photographs of the Williamsburg Bridge
Once you are in the site, use links to find "local color", and then "history" of Williamsburg.
This free online encyclopedia presents a well-rounded overview of the development of Williamsburg. An interesting and helpful feature is the ability to click on underscored words for more information.
Articles from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle 1841-1902
Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online, December 16, 1883
Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online, Mar 18, 1888
Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online article, July 10, 1875
Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online July 6, 1892
Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online, Mar 18, 1896
Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online article Aug 14, 1883
Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online, Aug 2, 1870
Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online, Aug 27, 1890
Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online, Oct 15, 1893
Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online article, April 13, 1876
Kitty Burns Florey
Call #: FIC FLOREY
A compelling comedy with a dark underside, set in a Williamsburg teeming with dogs and eccentrics. c.2004
Call #: FIC SMITH
A classic coming of age novel set in the Williamsburg slums of 1902 to 1919
Eugene L. Armbruster
Call #: 974.72 A72 BR
A thorough and detailed history of Williamsburgh that contains a street by street description. c.1942
Rabbi Eli Hecht
Call #: 296.8332 H
Eli Hecht was sent to live with his grandparents in Williamsburg as a young child. This book tells of his encounters with the Holocaust survivors of the neighborhood in a series of short chapters. c. 2004
John V. Jewell
Call #: 974.72 W72
Focuses on the role of bankng in the history of Williamsburgh. c.1926
Call #: q920.0747 B
The book is divided into chapters, with subjects ranging from actors and actresses to scientists and inventors, each one featuring illustrious Brooklynites and natives of Williamsburg. Photographs and short biographies of each person are provided. q920.0747 B
Harry W. Havemeyer
Call #: 664.1 H
The history of sugar refining and other industries in Brooklyn’s Eastern District. c. 1989
Call #: FIC POTOK
Set in Williamsburg in the 1940s, this gripping novel illuminates differences and tensions between Hasidic and Orthodox Jews, through the friendship between Danny Saunders—son of a Hasidic rabbi—and Reuven Malter—son of an Orthodox scholar who teaches in a Crown Heights Yeshiva.c.1967
George Kranzler and Irving I. Herzberg
Call #: q917.4723 K
The originals of most of the photographs from this book are housed in Brooklyn Public Library’s Brooklyn Collection. They can now also be seen on our web site. (Go to “Digital Collections” then “Historic Brooklyn Photographs” and search for the words “Herzberg and Williamsburg.”
Edgerton Grant North
Call #: q332.2 N86
The second of our histories of Williamsburg published by a bank, this book tells the story of a bank in relation to its town. “Even more than that, it is the chronicle of a people…driven by…the urge for security.” Many black & white illustrations and two color plates are provided. c.1951
Kenneth Jackson and John Manbeck
Call #: q974.723 N
An invaluable introduction to Brooklyn’s many neighborhoods, with an illustrated chapter on each, including Williamsburg. Includes a map, a neighborhood profile and neighborhood facts. c.2004
Call #: 974.723 K
Written over four decades, the articles that comprise this book reflect the author’s close association with the people and organizations of Williamsburg. 24 pp of b & w plates. c. 1988
Call #: 296.09747 K89 W
A compelling study of Williamsburg’s Jewish community. An older title but the history section in particular remains relevant. c.1961