“Brooklyn’s Sweet Ruin”


Art, Events, History

When it was rebuilt in 1883, the Domino Sugar Refinery was the largest in the world. That year, the Brooklyn Eagle described the new facility as “colossal”. At its peak, the factory processed one third of all of the sugar consumed in a year in the United States, and one eighth of all the sugar […]

December 13, 2017

New Book Provides Historical Perspective On Jewish Culture In New York City


History, Non-fiction

Jewish immigrants transformed New York. They built its clothing industry, expanded its commercial reach, and constructed huge swaths of apartment buildings. New York Jews helped to make the city the center of the nation’s publishing industry, also shaping commercial entertainment and contributing mightily to urban musical cultures. New York Jews have influenced both the city […]

November 8, 2017

This Week in 1892: Walt Whitman’s death, & his 1847 ‘Death in the School-room’ piece for the Brooklyn Eagle


Fiction, History, Uncategorized

article by Andriana Zacharakos, Brooklyn Daily Eagle This week is one of literary mourning, as New York City marked the 122nd death anniversary of the nineteenth century poet and essayist, Walt Whitman this past Wednesday; but here at the Brooklyn Eagle, we have chose to celebrate his inherently “New York” literary spirit by republishing a […]

March 26, 2014

Upcoming book talk to highlight Plymouth Church in Civil War Era


Events, History, Non-fiction

In connection with the Brooklyn Historical Society’s new exhibition, “Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom,” BHS, in partnership with Green-Wood, will host a book talk with Frank Decker to discuss his new book about our nation’s greatest struggle. The book, titled “Brooklyn’s Plymouth Church in the Civil War Era,” explores the important role that Plymouth Church played in anti-slavery […]

February 5, 2014

Brooklyn journalist uncovers story of Topsy the elephant


Events, History, Non-fiction, Q&A

  According to Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn-based journalist Michael Daly has recently published “Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P. T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison” (Atlantic Monthly Press), in which he uncovers the truth surrounding the story of Topsy,  a baby elephant who was smuggled into the U.S. and fraudulently named […]

July 16, 2013

‘The Bronfman Haggadah’ presents unique look at the Passover Seder


Events, History

Last month Brooklyn BookBeat featured Brooklyn By The Book – a monthly literary series curated by Park Slope’s Community Bookstore and Congregation Beth Elohim. The two historic Park Slope institutions joined forces last fall when the organizations discovered their mutual desire to create a program devoted to serving their particular community. Just in time for Passover, […]

March 20, 2013

Teacher with global career credits Brooklyn roots


History, Memoir, Non-fiction

  Brooklyn Eagle recently featured Albert Mazza’s “A Teacher Grows in Brooklyn.” Like Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” Mazza’s book is a coming-of-age story that traces a young individual’s roots and life-changing encounters in Brooklyn and beyond. In his opening chapter he recalls riding the ferry from Sheepshead Bay to Breezy Point on summer […]

March 1, 2013

‘Silent Cal’ is the hero in ‘Coolidge,’ by Brooklyn Heights author Amity Shlaes


History, Non-fiction

Brooklyn Eagle recently featured Heights writer Amity Shlaes, who has just released “Coolidge,” her latest book that presents a fascinating biography of America’s thirtieth president.  Known as “Silent Cal,” Coolidge’s achievements have been largely overlooked because of his passive and reticent disposition – yet Shlaes now disproves these misconceptions, revealing the president’s heroic side. Coolidge led […]

February 14, 2013

Evan Hughes on ‘Literary Brooklyn,’ this Friday at St. Francis College


Events, History, Non-fiction, Q&A

According to Brooklyn Eagle, two of our favorite experts on Brooklyn’s literary history will be speaking this Friday in Brooklyn Heights. Partnering with the Brooklyn Film & Arts festival, St. Francis College will be hosting “Literary Brooklyn” author Evan Hughes, who will discuss his recent book. Hughes spoke to Brooklyn Eagle about his motivations for chronicling the […]

December 12, 2012

Tales of a changing Brooklyn: Pete Hamill’s ‘The Christmas Kid: and Other Brooklyn Stories’


Fiction, Historical Fiction, History

Just released in late October, Pete Hamill’s The Christmas Kid: and Other Brooklyn Stories compiles thirty years’ worth of the writer’s Brooklyn-based tales.  Hamill, an acclaimed journalist and screenwriter, is inextricably linked to Brooklyn; born and raised in the borough, he has spent his career sharing poignant stories that illuminate Brooklyn’s rich history and character. In fact, […]

December 11, 2012