Brooklyn Collection. Editor’s note: New evidence has come to light to definitively identify our dapper statuette in the Brooklyn Collection. I am still delighted he came to us to provoke a deep dive into the fascinating life of Henry Reed Stiles but he is an altogether different author, William Makepeace Thackeray. We extend thanks to Joshua J. Friedman for discovering excellent examples of other statuettes from the same mold. Our example has the name burnished off but others, for example this one at the Boston Athenaeum, have a clear label. Some time ago, a small...


Sunset behind the Brooklyn Bridge – Photo: Brooklyn Collection   Bill Powers - photographer, writer, theater director and filmmaker - has donated 125 of his photographs of the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Collection chronicling his 47-year love affair with the iconic structure. To accompany those materials he also recorded an interview with BPL’s Our Streets, Our Stories oral history project about growing up in Brooklyn. His stories describe a Park Slope very different from its quiet gentility today. The Bridge as subject emerges Life Magazine, Jan. 30,...


Radio tribute to Brooklyn - Photo: Brooklyn Collection Back in the days of analog (film) photography, there was a lag, serendipitous or frustrating depending on how you looked at it, between taking a photo and seeing the result. Once the prints were in hand, shuffling through them brought the realization of joyful accidents and unforeseen failures, like seeing a friend's portrait that seemed quite right when taken and in the print she sprouts a lamppost from her head. Now, with the advent of digital photography, we can immediately see what we have taken, and have the...


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