There is little debate among the cultured intelligentsia over the simple fact that Brooklyn is the greatest borough in New York City, and that NYC is the greatest city in the United States. That’s just the way it is. If you have not yet done so, I urge you to take a quick peek at Brooklyn Series 1, which was featured on this blog back in December. Background on these series, 15 initial images, and anaglyphs are found there.
Here, I present the second, and far more scarce, 1933 Brooklyn filmstrip. While I own two copies of the first, and have seen a dozen more floating around over the years, I have only seen two copies of this one – mine, and a severely scratched-up copy selling (or, probably not selling) on eBay for $100. This one came, unexpectedly, in an unlabeled box in a box lot. This was December past, and having found the second roll, I decided to post the first one. And now I’ll regale you with its continuation – including such sites as the Grain Terminal, Prospect Park, and the world-famous Gowanus Canal!
I’m not sure why so many fewer rolls of this filmstrip were produced – my copy, at least, was from a negative made on December 19th, 1933 – over a month after both of my Brooklyn Series 1 strips. Perhaps Series 1 was produced in greater numbers simply because they were both given the axe shortly after Series 2 debuted? It’s unclear as of now, but anybody with information should certainly step up with it! The images are of no better or worse quality, and I hope you will join me in admiring them:
So okay – Brooklyn Series 2 might contain just a tad of filler material right at the end there. How you could take boring images in Prospect Park is just beyond me. There are all sorts of trails and ponds and bridges and so on and it’s basically just the best park ever – and these photos do not do it justice. So please – if you’re not from Brooklyn – come visit just to see for yourself!
And in any case, this strip has a lot of great history on it. The long-gone smokestacks and cranes and a glimpse at the vibrant industry; multiple commissions by Olmstead and Vaux, and architectural treasures galore. Oh, and don’t forget the canal with gonorrhea. Never forget the canal with gonorrhea. Because having that canal is just so… Brooklyn!