Bay Ridge Historical Society

Bay Ridge Historical Society Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York The Bay Ridge Historical Society offers slide shows, power point presentations, lectures, bus trips and tours, and books on the Southwest Brooklyn community of Bay Ridge, originally called Yellow Hook and a village in the old Town of New Utrecht.
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President Tom A. McCarthy
First Vice President Henry Stewart
Second Vice President Thomas Hilton
Secretary Pamela Combis
Treasurer Peter Scarpa

Past Presidents: Victor Carlson, Jack Gabel, Susan Pulaski, Peter Scarpa, Jack LaTorre and Andrew Gounardes

Operating as usual

06/12/2021

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of long-time Bay Ridge Historical Society Trustee Susan Jane Pulaski. She was a wonderful presence in the Society and in many other organizations. She will be greatly missed. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

Below is a partial obituary along with information on funeral arrangements. I understand a memorial service is being planned for the near future in Bay Ridge and we will provide additional details as they become available.

Susan Jane Pulaski, age 75, a nearly continuous lifelong resident of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and residing at 7502 Ridge Boulevard, passed away on Sunday morning June 6, 2021 at NYU Langone Hospital (aka Lutheran Medical Center). Her death ended a six year battle with cancer.

Susan was born December 10, 1945, in Brooklyn, to Dorothy Leona Pulaski (Salzmann) from Beecher, Illinois, and Antone Quentin Pulaski, from James Port, Long Island. Susan was confirmed at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and a member of the choir from Cherub to Senior.

She graduated from PS 102 and Fort Hamilton HS where she was an honor student. She went on to major in Math at Ithaca College. Following college she spent a month touring Europe on a 'dollar a day' and later toured Greece.. Her extensive passion was Sailing,
frequently sailing out of Gravesend Bay and participating in races against Sheepshead Bay, Miramar, and other local clubs. Passions included Cross Country Skiing, gardening, hiking, historical residences, giving back to the community, and church.

Her employment resume included most recently Senior Surrogate Court Clerk, Court Assistant at Kings County Family Court, Licensed Sales Agent at Re/Max Metro and Dyker Real Estate, Development Assistant/Program Director at Lutheran Medical Center, Assistant to
President at Pinestone Market Research Group, Executive Administrator at John F. Saldino, architecture firm, Account Executive at World Yacht, Executive Assistant at South Street Seaport Museum, Director of Operations & Sales at Bring Sailing Back, Systems, Coordinator at Ziff-Davis Publishing.

Susan was a very active and long standing member of Brooklyn Community Board District 10 (Bay Ridge-Fort Hamilton-Dyker Heights), the Bay Ridge Conservancy, and previously with the Bay Ridge Historical Society and Councilman Gentile’s Preservation Committee

Susan is survived by her brother Robert Pulaski's family, sister-in-law Caroline Pulaski (Delz), and niece Kristine Elizabeth Pulaski of Westchester, New York.

A funeral will be held at Westchester Funeral Home3, 190 Main St, Eastchester, NY on Sunday June 13, 2021, 12:30PM. She will be interned at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, NY.

A funeral will be held at Westchester Funeral Home3, 190 Main St, Eastchester, NY on Sunday June 13, 2021, 12:30PM.
Immediately following she will be transported to Kensico Cemetery, in Valhalla, Westchester County, NY, and interred there. Susan requested those preferring to make a donation, make it to the: AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY.

Our next meeting will take place on this Wednesday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. We are excited to have Robby Schwach, deputy ch...
05/19/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Bay Ridge Historical Society May 2021 Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Our next meeting will take place on this Wednesday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. We are excited to have Robby Schwach, deputy chief of staff and community liaison for Councilmember Eric Ulrich, join us. He has done extensive research on the first transatlantic flight, undertaken by naval flyers out of Jamaica Bay - eight years before Charles Lindbergh's historic non-stop flight. He will be sharing the details of this incredible story from the early days of aviation and we are sure you will find the presentation fascinating.

See below for information on accessing the Zoom webinar.

When: May 19, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Bay Ridge Historical Society May 2021 Meeting

Register in advance for this webinar using the link below. You may have to copy the link into your browser:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IZtXj9NDRzaPs9Fpcxdb-g

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We are excited to have Robby Schwach, deputy chief of staff and community liaison for Councilmember Eric Ulrich, join us. He has done extensive research on the first transatlantic flight, undertaken by naval flyers out of Jamaica Bay - eight years before Charles Lindbergh's historic non-stop flight....

A reminder that our next meeting will take place on this Wednesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.  We are pleased to have Victo...
04/19/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Bay Ridge Historical Society April 2021 Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

A reminder that our next meeting will take place on this Wednesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.

We are pleased to have Victoria Monro, Executive Director of the Alice Austen House, join us for our April Meeting. Alice Austen House is a museum located in Staten Island that represents the work of the renowned photographer, Alice Austen. Alice Austen (1866 - 1952) captured a changing New York City in more than 7,000 photographs taken mostly around the turn of the twentieth century. Austen documented her life on Staten Island and went onto the streets of Manhattan to photograph the activities of immigrants and the working class. She was versatile and forged her own path beyond the restrictive Victorian expectations for women. Victoria Munro is an Artist, Art and Art History Educator and Curator and this looks to be a very interesting meeting.

See below for information on accessing the Zoom webinar.
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When: Apr 21, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Bay Ridge Historical Society April 2021 Meeting

Register in advance for this webinar using the below link (copy into your browser):

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1vyxYG_nR0eoAZshiF_7hg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We look forward to your joining us.

We are pleased to have Victoria Monro, Executive Director of the Alice Austen House, join us for our April Meeting. Alice Austen House is a museum located in Staten Island that represents the work of the renowned photographer, Alice Austen. Alice Austen (1866 - 1952) captured a changing New York Cit...

A reminder that tonight for our third Bay Ridge Historical Society Zoom Meeting of 2021, we are pleased to have Joshua B...
03/24/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Bay Ridge Historical Society March 2021 Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

A reminder that tonight for our third Bay Ridge Historical Society Zoom Meeting of 2021, we are pleased to have Joshua B Freeman, professor at Queens College, discuss his book, Behomoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World which the New York Times calls "rich and ambitious....More than and economic history, or a chronicle of architectural feats and labor movements." We are truly fortunate and thankful that Professor Freeman is able to join us and we think you will thoroughly enjoy seeing the presentation.

When: Mar 24, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Bay Ridge Historical Society March 2021 Meeting

Pre-registration in advance is required for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_juiaevV8ShCP9W18uFa9ZA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For our third Bay Ridge Historical Society Meeting of 2021, we are pleased to have Joshua B Freeman, professor at Queens College, discuss his boook, Behomoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World which the New York Times calls "rich and ambitious....More than and economic hist...

if you missed or were captivated by Miriam Sicherman's virtual presentation just now on the forgotten history of Barren ...
02/25/2021
Brooklyn's Barren Island: A Forgotten History (Paperback) | The BookMark Shoppe

if you missed or were captivated by Miriam Sicherman's virtual presentation just now on the forgotten history of Barren Island, which was once in Jamaica Bay, you can order her fascinating book from the Bookmark Shoppe (or, of course, Amazon...)

The Bookmark Shoppe also stocks several books about the history of Bay Ridge written by members of the Society.

Unbeknownst to most of the city's inhabitants, a rural community of garbage workers once existed on a now-vanished island in New York City.Barren Island was a swampy speck in Jamaica Bay where a motley group of new immigrants and Afri.

This impressive house first belonged to William Spencer, a dry-goods merchant who didn't stay in the neighborhood long—b...
02/08/2021

This impressive house first belonged to William Spencer, a dry-goods merchant who didn't stay in the neighborhood long—by 1861, he'd sold it to Benjamin Townsend, also in dry goods (and insurance), who passed it down to his daughter and her husband (nephew of the man who took the photos, Samuel Winter Thomas).

It predated the street grid, but today we'd say it was on Bay Ridge Parkway, between what became Ridge and Colonial, at the top of the ridge that gives the neighborhood half its name; the house would have had fantastic views of the bay that gives us the other half.

In 1905, the house was rented for a summer by the stage actress Lillian Russell, while the Thomases sailed to Europe. By that point, it was half its original size—the house was actually in the middle of what became 75th Street, and so thirteen rooms on the kitchen side were lopped off when that road was built. The center hall, a local attraction for its sheer size—wide enough for two teams of horses—became the side of the house.

In the second photo, you can see 75th Street under construction, probably in the 1890s. This is from about Colonial Road (aka First Avenue), looking east. The mutilated Townsend house is at right, and at left is what's usually called the old Schultheiss house.

The Townsend house was torn down in 1923 and replaced with an apartment building, 130 Bay Ridge Parkway.

Learn more about the history of our neighborhood in books! More info on our website, and/or visit the Bookmark Shoppe.
https://bayridgehistory.wordpress.com/books/

Bay Ridge during the Great Blizzard of 1888, one of the worst storms in recorded American history. It inspired the creat...
02/02/2021

Bay Ridge during the Great Blizzard of 1888, one of the worst storms in recorded American history. It inspired the creation of the NYC subway: before trains ran underground, they ran all over the city aboveground, where they were prey to hazardous weather conditions. The blizzard knocked out transportation in New York for several days, and officials started thinking about a way to build train tracks that could withstand some snow...

This photo is by Samuel Winter Thomas, exact location unknown. But he lived on Third Avenue between 75th and 76th streets, in a house just behind what's now Bagel Schmagel, and given the amount of snowfall he surely couldn't have wandered too far...

Bay Ridge during the Great Blizzard of 1888, one of the worst storms in recorded American history. It inspired the creation of the NYC subway: before trains ran underground, they ran all over the city aboveground, where they were prey to hazardous weather conditions. The blizzard knocked out transportation in New York for several days, and officials started thinking about a way to build train tracks that could withstand some snow...

This photo is by Samuel Winter Thomas, exact location unknown. But he lived on Third Avenue between 75th and 76th streets, in a house just behind what's now Bagel Schmagel, and given the amount of snowfall he surely couldn't have wandered too far...

Here's Third Avenue in the late nineteenth century, looking north from about what became 76th Street. One of the oldest ...
02/01/2021

Here's Third Avenue in the late nineteenth century, looking north from about what became 76th Street. One of the oldest roads in the area, it connected Fort Hamilton to the city of Brooklyn; in Bay Ridge, it was lined with old trees and the occasional house.

Photo by Samuel Winter Thomas.

Learn more about the history of the neighborhood through books! Visit our website for more info, and/or visit the Bookmark Shoppe.
https://bayridgehistory.wordpress.com/books/

Here's Third Avenue in the late nineteenth century, looking north from about what became 76th Street. One of the oldest roads in the area, it connected Fort Hamilton to the city of Brooklyn; in Bay Ridge, it was lined with old trees and the occasional house.

Photo by Samuel Winter Thomas.

Learn more about the history of the neighborhood through books! Visit our website for more info, and/or visit the Bookmark Shoppe.
https://bayridgehistory.wordpress.com/books/

Before the subway, above-ground trains transported New Yorkers all around the city—including to Bay Ridge! In the 1890s,...
01/28/2021

Before the subway, above-ground trains transported New Yorkers all around the city—including to Bay Ridge! In the 1890s, an elevated train that ran down Fifth Avenue (from Fulton Street, through Park Slope, into modern Sunset Park) was extended. Turning down to Third Avenue, it made stops at 40th, 46th, 52nd, 58th and 65th streets. At the end of the line, it met trolley cars that could take you all the way to Fort Hamilton, or up to Bensonhurst.

This photo, from around the turn of the century, shows the 65th Street station, as well as the connection at street level to more trains—to Coney Island and beyond. (These trains began at the 65th Street waterfront, where they picked up ferry passengers from Manhattan.)

The elevated train stopped running in 1940, and some of its infrastructure was repurposed for the Gowanus Expressway.

Photo by Samuel Winter Thomas.

Learn more about the history of the neighborhood through books! More info on our website, and/or visit the Bookmark Shoppe.
https://bayridgehistory.wordpress.com/books/

Before the subway, above-ground trains transported New Yorkers all around the city—including to Bay Ridge! In the 1890s, an elevated train that ran down Fifth Avenue (from Fulton Street, through Park Slope, into modern Sunset Park) was extended. Turning down to Third Avenue, it made stops at 40th, 46th, 52nd, 58th and 65th streets. At the end of the line, it met trolley cars that could take you all the way to Fort Hamilton, or up to Bensonhurst.

This photo, from around the turn of the century, shows the 65th Street station, as well as the connection at street level to more trains—to Coney Island and beyond. (These trains began at the 65th Street waterfront, where they picked up ferry passengers from Manhattan.)

The elevated train stopped running in 1940, and some of its infrastructure was repurposed for the Gowanus Expressway.

Photo by Samuel Winter Thomas.

Learn more about the history of the neighborhood through books! More info on our website, and/or visit the Bookmark Shoppe.
https://bayridgehistory.wordpress.com/books/

Here's the west side of Fourth Avenue, just south of Ovington, around the turn of the century. The oldest congregation i...
01/27/2021

Here's the west side of Fourth Avenue, just south of Ovington, around the turn of the century.

The oldest congregation in Bay Ridge was Grace Methodist, which formed in the 1830s and worshipped at a private home. A little later, they built their first church, near what's now 67th and Sixth. But it burned down, and they rebuilt at what's now 76th and Sixth—in fact, right in the middle of what became that intersection, so when the modern street grid was proposed, they moved again. Their third church is the focus of this photo, a modest chapel superseded a few decades later by the magnificent Green Church next door—a piece of which you can see on the right. The old church on the left became the Sunday School.

The Green Church was demolished in 2007 and replaced by a public school, whose architecture pays homage to its predecessor. The Methodists were supposed to build a new church—their fifth—just behind the school, but those plans seem to have stalled.

Photo by Samuel Winter Thomas.

Learn more about the history of the neighborhood through books! Learn more on our website, and/or visit the Bookmark Shoppe.
https://bayridgehistory.wordpress.com/books/

Here's the west side of Fourth Avenue, just south of Ovington, around the turn of the century.

The oldest congregation in Bay Ridge was Grace Methodist, which formed in the 1830s and worshipped at a private home. A little later, they built their first church, near what's now 67th and Sixth. But it burned down, and they rebuilt at what's now 76th and Sixth—in fact, right in the middle of what became that intersection, so when the modern street grid was proposed, they moved again. Their third church is the focus of this photo, a modest chapel superseded a few decades later by the magnificent Green Church next door—a piece of which you can see on the right. The old church on the left became the Sunday School.

The Green Church was demolished in 2007 and replaced by a public school, whose architecture pays homage to its predecessor. The Methodists were supposed to build a new church—their fifth—just behind the school, but those plans seem to have stalled.

Photo by Samuel Winter Thomas.

Learn more about the history of the neighborhood through books! Learn more on our website, and/or visit the Bookmark Shoppe.
https://bayridgehistory.wordpress.com/books/

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PO Box 090483, Fort Hamilton Station
Brooklyn, NY
11209-0483

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
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Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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Founded in 1976, the Bay Ridge Historical Society helps preserve the history of the Greater Bay Ridge Area, while enlightening current and past residents about its historic significance. It does so through slideshows, PowerPoint presentations, lectures, bus trips and tours. Its members have also published several books.

Learn more at bayridgehistory.com. President: Tom A. McCarthy First Vice President: Henry Stewart Second Vice President: Thomas Hilton Secretary: Sonia Valentin Treasurer: Peter Scarpa Past Presidents include Victor Carlson, Jack Gabel, Susan Pulaski, Peter Scarpa, Jack LaTorre and Andrew Gounardes.

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The plaque to detectives Socha and Lynch of the Bomb Squad killed in a bomb blast at the Worlds Fair in 1940 in the line of duty. In front of the Queens Museum
World War One event on Veterans Day in Central Park
World War One event on Veterans Day in Central Park https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10222755206376440&type=3
Hello fellow Bar Ridge residents from past and present! I am in need of some help regarding the baseball field on 74 st. and Shore Rd. I was looking at old photos of when I played ball there back in the 80's. I noticed that the field's position is different and home base was re positioned. Can anyone please help me get further information, documentation or eye accounts, of when the field was change and what exactly was done. I appreciate any help at all. Thanks!
Any info on this house? 457 ovington...could swear the sideyard looks like an old horse stable...
I hope these articles are of interest to any of your readers. The dates are on the articles.
Hey! Did you know that the second wife of Colonel Wellborn B Griffith, Jr grew up in Bay Ridge? My father, also Bay Ridge childhood, sent me this article and I decided to work on Col. Griffith's family tree. The family lived at 426 81st street and then later on 86th and Narrows Avenue. Col. Griffith saved Chartres Cathedral from destruction during WWII. HIs wife was Nell Humphrey. They were married in Brooklyn in 1941.
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February 11th 1784. New York City holds it's first public celebration of General Washington's Birthday. The conversion from the old calendar to the new was also a problem. Washington's birthday was moved from February 11th to February 22nd. This apparently caused a great deal of confusion throughout his lifetime. Frequently one finds dates shown with (New Style, Gregorian Calendar ) or Old Style, Julian Calendar) During his career as a public official and after his retirement to Mount Vernon, Washington appears to have celebrated his birthday on either date. On February 14th 1790, Tobias Lear, Washington's faithful private secretary, responded to a letter of inquiry by writing: "In reply to your wish to know the President’s birthday it will be sufficient to observe that it is on the 11th of February, Old Style; but the Almanac makers have generally set down opposite to the 22nd day of February of the present style; how far that may go towards establishing it on that day I don't know; but I could never consider it any other way than as stealing so many days from his valuable life as is the difference between the old and new styles. With sincere esteem, etc. Tobias Lear" Washington appears to have accepted the new style date in the last years of his life. On February 6, l799, he wrote John Trumbull and mentioned that his granddaughter, Nelly Custis was marrying Lewis, his nephew on his birthday, the 22nd, instant.
This is a long way from Bay Ridge, but it is still pretty interesting. This cannon at the top of a mountain ridge helped the Italians in World War One.
My great-grandfather, Joseph Kelly, an advertisement for his grocery on 97th and Fort Hamilton Parkway.
Another advertisement for my 2nd great-grandfather's grocery store on 97th and Fort Hamilton Parkway.