Bay Ridge, located on the southernmost western point of Long Island, was once a small rural community along the banks of the Lower New York Bay. When the Township of New Utrecht, which governed and included Bay Ridge, was annexed to the City of Brooklyn in 1894, its rural character changed dramatically, growing into a thriving urban center, both diverse and prosperous, complete with fine country day clubs for social and cultural refinement. A unique glimpse and intimate portrait of this rural part of Brooklyn is provided through the picture postcards of the early 20th century. These beautifully illustrated postal prints feature many of Bay Ridge’s finest attractions, exploring the picturesque beauty of its country-style landscape, its back roads and stately homes, and its urban city-dwelling environment with mass transportation systems connecting it with Brooklyn and Greater New York.
Author Bio: Historian Matthew Scarpa of the Bay Ridge Historical Society has compiled this fascinating volume of picture postcards from various historical resources and private collections to provide a glimpse into the allure and charm of the “Garden Spot of Brooklyn.”
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