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Brooklyn BookBeat: Lost and found

December 9 | Bob Blaisdell

It’s rare that writers on basketball criss cross their attention from playground and pickup ball to the NBA. Thomas Beller writes personal essays about basketball from the perspective of an amateur ballplayer, lifelong fan and as a professional journalist. The New Yorker magazine veteran and author of several books is a literary innovator who in […]

Ask a historian: What’s the nautical history of southern Brooklyn?

September 17 | John B. Manbeck

Gena of Sheepshead Bay asks: “I’d like to know more about Captain Knuth of ‘The Flying D,’ a Sheepshead Bay fishing boat, and who Voorhies Avenue was named after.”  Jayne from Manhattan Beach asks: “What is the history of 190 Exeter St.? Was a hospital on this site?” Both of these questions deal with the nautical […]

Ask a historian: Who checked into the ritzy Manhattan Beach hotels of old?

June 25 | John B. Manbeck

Michael from Manhattan Beach asks: What guests visited the Manhattan and Oriental hotels during their 25-year existence in Manhattan Beach? More than I can count, Michael, but let’s start with two: Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. In 1896, the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies held a convention at the swanky Oriental Hotel. Henry Ford attended. […]

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