#ThrowbackThursday: “The Old Swimming Hole” in Clinton Hill

Children playing on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Ryerson Street in 1915. (Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Historical Society)
Children playing on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Ryerson Street in 1915. (Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Historical Society)

It’s cooler today, but you might have seen kids (and maybe some adults) playing in open fire hydrants in the neighborhood yesterday, the hottest day of the year so far. This week’s #ThrowbackThursday shows children cooling off on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Ryerson Street, called “The Old Swimming Hole,” in 1915. Tip: Don’t try to open a fire hydrant yourself, ask the fire department to legally open a hydrant on your block instead.

Do you have old photographs of the neighborhood you’d like to share? Send them to us at TheNabe@TheNabe.me or tweet us at @TheNabeCUNY.

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