Throwback Thursday: “The Old Swimming Hole” In Clinton Hill

kids playing in water via 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 Throwback Thursday 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 editor@bklyner.com.

Photo via the Brooklyn Historical Society

This post originally appeared on our predecessor site, The Nabe, on June 19, 2014.

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