BROOKLYN STORIES: Boro historian, Eagle columnist, publishes collection
Diversity and distinctiveness are part of the historic fabric of Brooklyn—they are part of its people, landmarks, favorite events and more. Borough Historian John B. Manbeck, whose weekly column “Historically Speaking” ran for eight years in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, has collected the stories that reveal the history and spirit of this ever-growing metropolis. In his new book “Chronicles of Historic Brooklyn” (History Press, May 2013), Manbeck highlights the history of such features as Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which beautify the borough. From stories of murderous pirates who once besieged Sheepshead Bay to tales of the still-beloved Brooklyn Dodgers who played at Ebbets Field, Manbeck traces the long and colorful history. Explore the forgotten neighborhoods, vanishing waterfront and other attractions that show how and why Brooklyn has endured.
John B. Manbeck, professor emeritus from Kingsborough Community College and former Brooklyn Borough Historian, is author/editor of seven books on Brooklyn, including Brooklyn: Historically Speaking (The History Press). In addition, he contributed to The Encyclopedia of New York City, 2nd Edition and The Encyclopedia of New York State. He has held several city- and state-appointed positions and serves on advisory and foundation boards. In 1965, he taught for two years at Helsinki University (Finland) on a Fulbright scholarship. His weekly column, “Historically Speaking,” the basis of this book, ran for eight years in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. His first e-book is a novella, Death on the Rise, published on Kindle. His website, www.johnbmanbeck.net, is registered with the Authors’ Guild.