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Brooklyn Newsstand is a collection of digitized Brooklyn newspapers made possible through a partnership between Brooklyn Public Library and Newspapers.com.  The titles represent various Brooklyn neighborhoods and each newspaper, provides a wide variety of coverage and includes information on politics, business, education, church events, sports, entertainment, and community happenings. Some papers provide coverage of international events while others are exclusively devoted to events in Brooklyn. Since no two titles are identical in scope the individual descriptions should be consulted to discover the precise contents of each paper.

Brooklyn Newsstand | Full Content (2,402,000 digitized pages) contains over 30 additional newspapers, each listed below with date ranges and description. We've made arrangements with our partner, newspapers.com to provide free access to all Brooklyn titles during our closure. In branch and in library wifi use only, will go back into effect when we reopen.

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Brooklyn High School Newspapers: digitized news publications from Brooklyn high schools. School news receives the most attention in the papers, but community events, as well as matters of national and international interest, are reported on as well. The bulk of the papers in the collection span the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. Many famous Brooklynites appear in the pages of these publications, such as Bobby Fischer (Erasmus Hall High School), Janet Yellen (Fort Hamilton High School), and Bernie Sanders (James Madison High School). 

Local Newspapers on microfilm: Numerous neighborhood newspapers covering the years 1835-1999. These newspapers contain local news in specific neighborhoods as well as borough, city, and national news. This collection includes additional years from titles that have been digitized as well as non-digitized newspaper titles.

Digital Collections: For digitized photographs from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and related Brooklyn digital content.

Brooklyn Collection: For all your Brooklyn research needs

 

Newspaper titles and descriptions:

Largely focusing on the neighborhood of Bay Ridge, with later issues covering the neighborhoods of Bensonhurst and Park Slope, the Bay Ridge Home Reporter and Sunset News provides coverage of local politics, business, sports, religion, education, and community news. Obituaries and marriage announcements regularly appear.

The Brooklyn Citizen provides Brooklyn-wide coverage of business, education, arts and culture, sports, religion, and entertainment news. Some national and international coverage of news events is provided as well. Early issues of the paper include numerous stories regarding labor and union issues in Brooklyn. Early issues also include “Death Notices” and “Marriage Notices” while later issues of the paper have sections dedicated to both obituaries and wedding announcements. Birth announcements do not appear regularly. Sunday editions are heavily illustrated and include such sections as: “In the Realm of Woman,” “Ward Gossip,” “Amateur Stage,” and “Truly a City of Churches,” covering fashion, neighborhood news, theater, and religion, respectively. Later issues often contain many photographs. Comics appear throughout the run of the paper, as do advertisements.

The Brooklyn Daily provides coverage of political, business, education, arts and culture, sports, and community news for the entire borough of Brooklyn. National and international news coverage is also provided. A section called "In the Neighborhoods" provides neighborhood by neighborhood coverage of events, business promotions, hirings, graduations, meetings, and happenings. Wedding and engagement announcements appear as part of a "Social Notes" section. Birth announcements appear regularly in a "Brooklyn Babies" column. There is also a section dedicated to obituaries. The sports page provides consistent Dodgers coverage. A column entitled, "Glamour Corner" covers fashion and beauty trends in the borough.

Largely focusing on the Eastern District – the neighborhoods of Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Ridgewood – the Brooklyn Daily Times provides local news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, religion, arts, culture, sports, and entertainment. Early issues of the paper consist mainly of advertisements accompanied by a few local news items. In later issues of the paper the news coverage is expanded and photographs appear. Regularly appearing columns include: “Among German Societies,” “Doings of the War Veterans,” “The Fraternal Orders,” “Books and Writers,” and “The Religious World.” Lists of marriage licenses and death notices occasionally appear. Birth notices do not appear in the paper. Advertisements appear throughout. Includes special editions such as the Long Island Edition, Wall Street Edition, Noon Edition and so forth. In March of 1932 the Brooklyn Daily Times merged with The Standard Union and both titles were on the masthead until June, when the paper was renamed the Brooklyn Times Union.
Note: This title is missing issues for 1855, 1857, January - June 1867, November - December 1869, July-December 1872, and August -September 1900.

Largely focusing on the Brooklyn Heights area, the Brooklyn Heights Press provides local news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, arts, culture, religion, and entertainment. There is no dedicated obituary section, though death notices for prominent Brooklynites regularly appear. Wedding announcements occasionally appear, as do engagement announcements. News of happenings and events at various neighborhood clubs, organizations, and associations also appears regularly. A column written by a local pastor called “On the Spiritual Side” is regularly published, as are excerpts from the sermons of Brooklyn Heights clergymen. Later issues contain mainly arts and culture news, including coverage of lectures, theater performances, and art shows. In later issues, too, the name of the paper changes to Brooklyn Heights Press and Cobble Hill News.

Largely focusing on the areas of Bay Ridge and Flatbush, the Brooklyn Record provides local news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, arts, culture, sports, religion, and entertainment. Birth announcements and wedding announcements do not appear in the paper. However, engagement announcements and anniversary announcements occasionally appear in a section devoted to “Personal” announcements. A dedicated obituary section does appear in early issues of the paper but is absent in later issues. A section entitled “Jewish War Veteran Notes” regularly appears in the paper as does a more general “VFW Section.” Consistent coverage is also given to events at area community colleges. Local clubs and organizations—such as the Elks and the Young Republican Club of Bay Ridge—are also covered. Advertisements and photographs appear throughout.

The Brooklyn Standard Union provides Brooklyn-wide news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, arts, culture, sports, religion, and entertainment. International and national news coverage is also provided. Early issues do not contain birth announcements or wedding announcements. However, such announcements occasionally appear in later issues and a list of marriage licenses appears near the end of the paper’s run. Death notices appear regularly in early issues of the paper while later issues contain an expanded obituary section. Issues from the early 20th century contain sections devoted to such neighborhoods as Greenpoint, Brownsville, East New York, and South Brooklyn. Advertisements appear throughout and photographs appear in later issues. In March of 1932 the Brooklyn Daily Times merged with The Standard Union and both titles were on the masthead until June, when the paper was renamed the Brooklyn Times Union.

The Brooklyn Sunday Review provides Brooklyn-wide news coverage of art, music, drama, clubs and organizations, politics, religion, and literature. Birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries do not appear in the paper. Notices of daily church services appear regularly as does a column entitled “Weekly Review” which highlights the week’s events in Brooklyn. A section called “Ladies Department” covers women’s fashion and shopping news. A “Masonic” column provides news of Masonic meetings, rites, and ceremonies in and around the borough. Poems, short sketches, and stories are regularly published. Advertisements appear throughout.

Largely focusing on the areas of Bay Ridge, Flatbush, and South Brooklyn more generally, the Brooklyn Sunday Star provides news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, arts, culture, sports, religion, and entertainment. Birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries all appear regularly. Lists of births at particular hospitals also appear regularly. Some of the hospitals include: Methodist Episcopal, Shore Road, Norwegian Hospital, United Israel-Zion, and Borough Park Maternity Hospital, to name a few. Many photographs appear in the paper, covering sporting events, fashion, and social gatherings. Advertisements appear throughout.

The Brooklyn Sunday Sun provides Brooklyn-wide news coverage of social events, arts, entertainment, culture, sports, military matters, politics, clubs and organizations, and religion. Some coverage is also given to national and state news. Birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries do not appear in the paper. Editorials, society news, as well as music and drama reviews regularly appear in the paper. Advertisements appear throughout.

The Brooklyn Tablet provides Brooklyn-wide news coverage of the Catholic community. National and international news concerning Catholics is also covered. Some obituaries for prominent Catholics appear. Birth announcements and wedding announcements do not appear in the paper. Numerous photos of local clergy appear, as do reprints of sermons given by local priests. Directories of Catholic clubs and societies regularly appear. Graduation announcements and honor rolls from local Catholic schools also regularly appear. Sports news is largely relegated to coverage of CYO events. Advertisements and photographs appear throughout.

The Brooklyn Times Union provides Brooklyn-wide news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, arts, culture, sports, religion, and entertainment. Some national and international news coverage is also provided. Death notices appear regularly in the paper. A women’s fashion section regularly appears, as does an aviation section. Sunday editions contain some wedding and engagement announcements. Birth announcements do not appear. Advertisements and illustrations appear throughout. In March of 1932 the Brooklyn Daily Times merged with The Standard Union and both titles were on the masthead until June, when the paper was renamed the Brooklyn Times Union.

Consists mainly of national and international news briefs. The news coverage is not particularly local in scope, though consistent coverage of state politics appears. Birth announcements and wedding announcements do not appear in the paper. Death notices occasionally appear, but there is no section devoted to them. Illustrations and photographs do not appear in the paper.

Largely focusing on the neighborhood of Canarsie, the Canarsie Courier provides news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, arts, culture, sports, religion, and entertainment. Wedding announcements and engagement announcements occasionally appear. Birth announcements do not appear. Obituaries regularly appear in the paper. Church and religious news, particularly of the Jewish community, appears regularly. A column called “What Our Servicemen Are Doing,” providing a roundup of Canarsie community members serving in the military, appears regularly during the Vietnam War era. Later issues include a “Medical Update” section featuring health news and a “Congratulations Graduates” section covering school graduations. Advertisements and photographs appear throughout.

A paper of local, national, and international scope devoted to the Arab-American community, The Caravan provides news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, arts, culture, sports, religion, and entertainment. Within the Arab-American community, particular attention is paid to the Syrian and Lebanese populations. Birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries all appear regularly. A section called “Servicemen” news also regularly appears. Poetry, in Arabic and translated into English, regularly appears. A section called “Oriental Dishes” is also regularly published and features recipes of Middle Eastern cuisine. A column about dating and courtship in the Arab-American community entitled “Of Girls and Boys” also regularly appears. Advertisements and photographs appear throughout.

Focusing on the neighborhoods of Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Boro Park, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Sheepshead Bay, the Coney Island Times provides local news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, arts, culture, and entertainment. Birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries do not appear in the paper. Death notices for prominent Brooklynites are occasionally published. Profiles of local residents are printed in a regularly appearing column called “About Important People.” News concerning the Red Cross is also regularly provided, as is Boy Scout news. Advertisements and photographs appear throughout.

Largely focusing on the area of Jamaica, Queens the Daily Long Island Democrat provides local news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, arts, culture, sports, religion, and entertainment. Coverage of the greater New York City area is also provided. Birth announcements do not appear, however lists of marriage licenses do. Death notices appear for prominent New Yorkers appear. “Ball and Bat Notes,” a column devoted to baseball at the national level, is regularly printed and includes photos of many players. Advertisements, illustrations, and some photographs appear throughout.

Largely focusing on the neighborhoods of Flatbush and East Flatbush, the Flatbush Times provides local news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, arts, culture, sports, religion, and entertainment. Birth announcements and obituaries do not appear in the paper. Wedding announcements and engagements announcements occasionally appear as part of the column “In the Social Spotlight.” A column called “News of Flatbush GIs” regularly appears as does a section called “VFW Notes.” Advertisements and photographs appear throughout.
Note: Very few issues 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959.

Content of the Flatbush Weekly and Kings County Record mainly consists of local news briefs providing coverage of education, religion, clubs and organizations, business, politics, and community events. In addition to the Flatbush neighborhood, sections devoted to news coverage in Windsor Terrace and Vanderveer Park also appear. A column called “Obituary Notes” regularly appears, but birth announcements and wedding announcements do not appear. Advertisements and photos appear throughout.

Published by the League of Loyal Citizens, Greater Brooklyn was a short-lived anti-consolidationist newspaper. The paper covered such topics revolving around the issue of consolidation as taxation, education, and the benefits of small local government. The president of the League of Loyal Citizens was William C. Redfield who would later serve as Secretary of Commerce under President Woodrow Wilson.

The Greenpoint Home News provides city-wide news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, arts, culture, sports, religion, and entertainment. Birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries do not appear in the paper. A “Men in Service” column, detailing deployments, graduations, and promotions, regularly appears. News relating to the Jewish community is also regularly covered. Advertisements and photographs appear throughout.

Largely focusing on the neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, the Greenpoint Weekly Star Gazette provides local news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, arts, culture, sports, religion, and entertainment. Birth announcements do not appear in the paper. Wedding, engagement, and anniversary announcements, sometimes accompanied by photographs, appear in a section called “Society News.” Death notices and obituaries regularly appear. A column called “Friends and Neighbors,” profiling neighborhood residents, also regularly appears, as does the column “If You’re Goin’ Fishin’,” which provides local fishing news. Advertisements and photographs appear throughout.

Largely focusing on the area of South Brooklyn, Home Talk Item provides local news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, arts, culture, religion, sports, and entertainment. Birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries are all regularly printed. Regularly appearing columns include: “Be Prepared,” a column devoted to Boy Scout news; a “Theatres” column as well as a “Radio” column; “Motor News from Road and Showroom,” devoted to automobile news; and “Boost Bay Ridge,” a business review page. Advertisements and photographs appear throughout.

Largely focusing on the area of South Brooklyn, Home Talk Star provides local news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, arts, culture, religion, sports, and entertainment. Birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries are all regularly printed. Regularly appearing columns include: “Be Prepared,” a column devoted to Boy Scout news; a “Theatres” column as well as a “Radio” column; “Motor News from Road and Showroom,” devoted to automobile news; and “Boost Bay Ridge,” a business review page. Advertisements and photographs appear throughout.

Largely focusing on the neighborhoods of East New York and Brownsville, the Kings County Chronicle provides local news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, arts, culture, religion, sports, and entertainment. Birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries do not appear in the paper. Veteran news appears regularly, including the columns: “American Legionnaire” and “V.F.W. News.” Advertisements and photographs appear throughout.

Largely focusing on the neighborhoods of Flatbush, Bay Ridge, New Utrecht, Gravesend, Canarsie, and Sheepshead Bay, the Kings County Rural Gazette, provides local news coverage of business, politics, education, clubs and organizations, community events, and religion. Early issues of the paper do not contain birth announcements, wedding announcements, or obituaries; however, these items appear in later issues. The paper’s content largely consists of miscellany, religious notes, fashion items, and brief articles on events in area neighborhoods. Advertisements appear throughout.

Largely focusing on the neighborhood of South Flatbush, The Kings Courier provides local news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, arts, culture, religion, sports, and entertainment. The Kings Courier combines the former Kingsway Courier, Midwood Courier, and Avenue U News. Wedding, engagement, and Bar Mitzvah announcements all appear in a column called “Society Hi-Lites.” Obituaries do not appear in the paper. Early issues of the paper provide news coverage particular to the Jewish community, while later issues expand the scope of coverage. Advertisements and photographs appear throughout.

A paper devoted to furthering the cause of the temperance movement, The Voice provides city-wide news coverage of all relevant issues and events. Birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries do not appear in the paper. Advertisements and illustrations appear throughout.

Largely focusing on the neighborhood of Bushwick and the surrounding area, The Weekly Chat provides local news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, religion, arts, culture, sports, and entertainment. Birth announcements occasionally appear, with births at Williamsburg Maternity Hospital being regularly published. Early issues of the paper occasionally include wedding announcements and obituaries while later issues include them on a regular basis. Graduation announcements from local schools also appear regularly. A regularly appearing “Chat” column provides extensive coverage of the comings and goings of local residents—highlighting such things as vacations, meetings, condolences, and surprise birthday parties. A Brooklyn theater guide is also regularly published covering performances at such theaters as: the Decatur, the Majestic, the Rialto, the Halsey, and Loew’s, to name just a few. Later issues of the paper also include a separate section devoted to the neighborhoods of Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village, and Maspeth. Advertisements and photographs appear throughout

Largely focusing on the neighborhood of Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Gazette publishes brief articles covering events of local interest. Birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries do not appear in the paper. Editorials and opinion pieces appear regularly. Advertisements appear throughout.

Largely focusing on the neighborhood of Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Gazette and Long Island Advertiser publishes brief articles covering events of local interest. Birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries do not appear in the paper. Editorials and opinion pieces appear regularly. Advertisements appear throughout.

Largely focusing on the neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick, and East New York, the Williamsburg News provides local news coverage of business, politics, education, community events, clubs and organizations, religion, arts, culture, sports, and entertainment. Birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries do not appear in the paper. Advertisements and photographs appear throughout.

 

Using Brooklyn Newsstand

Newspapers.com is typically a subscription-based database, but through our partnership anyone searching the database via the Brooklyn Newsstand website will have free access to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper and Brooklyn Life, and free onsite access for the Newspaper titles listed above.  If you want to use some of the advanced features you may be prompted to register with Newspapers.com.  This registration is still free, although it will require you to provide an email address.  You do not need to hold a Brooklyn Public Library card to register with Newspapers.com.  As you use Brooklyn Newsstand, you should be aware of the various features offered for saving, clipping, and sharing newspaper content.

Print/Save -- you can click this link to either print or save any page of the newspaper you're viewing. You will be prompted to choose to print/save the entire page or a portion. 

Share -- this allows you to share the page you're looking at with others. You do not need to create an account with Newspapers.com to share, although you may be prompted to sign in with whatever social media login you choose.

Clip -- by clipping a portion of the page, you are saving it on the Newspapers.com site. This is useful if you're doing in-depth research and want to organize your work. To make clippings, you'll need to create a free account with Newspapers.com. You will not be charged to use the site, although you may choose to subscribe to Newspapers.com if you want access to papers outside of Brooklyn Public Library newspaper collections. You should know that unless you edit your Account settings to keep your clippings to yourself, they will be visible to other users on the site. You can edit these by clicking on the drop-down arrow next to your name, once you're signed in.

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