South Slope

History at Home: This Day in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle


As we wander about our modern neighborhood, caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to ignore the long and vibrant history of our community. Let’s remedy that. Every weekend, we’ll take a step back, with the help of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives, and explore what was happening around South Slope over a century ago.

Did you know that William F. Cody stored his famous Wild West Show on 32nd Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue? Well, back on January 19, 1901, some area “miscreants” were well aware of this fact, and decided to rob a considerable amount of property from Buffalo Bill:

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Also on January 19, 1901, a Brooklyn couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with some serious flair, that included a parade from 7th Ave and 14th Street, to “Turn Hall” on 5th Avenue and 16th Street:

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One year later, on January 20, 1902, a tiny one-week-old baby boy was found abandoned at 860 Fourth Avenue:

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Have an interesting bit of South Slope history to share? Send it to, and we’ll publish it in our weekly History at Home segment.

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