Our Streets, Our Stories

Our Streets, Our Stories: A Brooklyn Neighborhood Oral History Project

Our Streets, Our Stories Brooklyn Public Library Leonard Library Brooklyn Collection Services for Older Adults











Williamsburg residents hoisting the three ton giglio at the annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 1989. 

Our Streets, Our Stories is an ongoing oral history project that records our neighbors' stories about Brooklyn's neighborhoods. Recordings will be placed in our permanent archive. We will post them to this site throughout the project.

This project is provided by the Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn Collection and the Services for Older Adults department. Our aim is to actively collect a broad range of stories from our diverse neighborhoods so that future generations may better understand the history of this great borough. You do not have to come to a formal training to become an interviewer or interviewee. Simply call Judy K of the Services for Older Adults Department at 646.831.2705 to find out how to participate.

This project is currently located primarily at the Leonard, Kings Bay and Flatbush Libraries. If you are from a different Brooklyn neighborhood or unable to get to one of those branches, you can call Brian Hasbrouck at 718.230.2008 to arrange to be interviewed.

For more information about becoming an interviewer and/or an interviewee, please go to or call the Leonard Library (718.486.3365), the Flatbush Library (718.856.0813) or the Kings Bay Library (718.368.1709). For additional information, please call Brian Hasbrouck at 718.230.2008.


Our Streets, Our Stories Oral History Project Brooklyn Public Library Kings Bay Neighborhood Photo Brooklyn Collection Services for Older Adults

Services for Older Adults is partially funded by Coordinated Outreach Library Services aid from the New York State Education Department, administered by the State Library's Division of Library Development.

This program is sponsored by Brooklyn Public Library’s Department of Outreach Services, which has been established with the generous support of The Charles H. Revson Foundation.