Brooklyn park slope :
Brooklyn’s Park Slope Authors Brian Merlis and Lee Rosenzweig have produced a marvelous retrospective of Park Slope, Brooklyn, generally in the era 1900-1950, but with added photos from around 1998. The clarity of reproduction makes me want to bring the book to the neighborhood and contrast the scenes then and now. Thankfully, the photos are dated by year. At first I was confused by the geographical directions, but a map check showed me that Fifth Avenue, which I thought north-south, is northeast, southwest. This helped me decode a caption as on page 63, “North side of Fifth Avenue, southwest from Flatbush Avenue.” I praise the authors’ selection of photos for inclusion of people. Rarely is a photo murky. The Fifth Avenue el disappeared before my time, but I well recall the PCC streetcars on Seventh Avenue and the older equipment on Fifth, now the route of the crowded B63 bus. The authors must be commended for the historical details, such as identifying the donor of the horse fountain at Sixth and Flatbush, with a bony horse drinking. The captions of bar storefronts comment on the beers advertised. And one could list the movies displayed on movie house marquees. It is a marvel of a book.
Brooklyn Park Slope
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Israelowitz Publishers
Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds