Brooklyn has had many faces over the course of its fascinating history. It has transformed from being a major center of industry in the 19th century to being the hippest and most populous of New York’s five boroughs today.
Lost Brooklyn traces the cherished places that time, progress and fashion swept aside before concerned citizens or the National Register of Historic Places could save them from the wrecker’s ball. Organised chronologically, starting with the earliest losses and ending with the latest, Lost Brooklyn features the much-loved buildings, industries and modes of transport that have been lost, replaced or transformed in the name of progress.
Losses include: Brooklyn Naval Hospital, Brooklyn Shipping Piers, Brooklyn Sugar Refining Co., Brooklyn Velodrome, Coney Island Clubhouse, Dreamland, Ebbets Field, the Elevated Railway, Fulton Ferry, Fort Lafayette, Fox Theatre, Hotel St. George, Luna Park, Schaefer Brewery, Sheepshead Speedway, Steeplechase Park, Streetcars, Williamsburg Plaza.