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Meet New York City's Borough Historians

This summer, WNYC will introduce you to New York City's five historians. They'll let us in on some of the secrets of their 'hoods and answer the questions you've always wanted to ask about your borough.

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What the Dodgers Meant to Brooklyn

Monday, July 26, 2010

More than 50 years after the Dodgers left Brooklyn, many in the borough still think of the lovable Bums as their team. Fans fondly recall the glory days of the 1955 World Series and legendary players like Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, and a young Sandy Koufax. WNYC spoke with Michael Shapiro, author of "The Last Good Season: Brooklyn, the Dodgers, and Their Final Pennant Race Together," about the lasting appeal of a team that’s long gone. An edited transcript:

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Brooklyn by the Books, Blogs and Papers

Monday, July 26, 2010

WNYC compiled a short list of essential Brooklyn reading. Below is our collection of literature, blogs and newspapers. Feel free to add your own suggestions below.

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Aaron Copland: Brooklyn’s Greatest Musician

Monday, July 26, 2010

Any statement that begins with “Brooklyn’s Greatest…” is guaranteed to be contested by one Brooklynite or another. But I’ll assert that Copland is the greatest musician to have come from the County of Kings.

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America's First Fast Food: The Creation of the Coney Island Hot Dog

Monday, July 26, 2010

The history of Brooklyn can also be told through food, from Coney Island Red Hots to Junior's cheesecake. Here, Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger tells WNYC's Kathleen Horan how a German immigrant named Charles Feltman (1841-1910) and a one-time employee of his, Nathan Handwerker (1892-1974), found success -- and rivalry -- by bringing America the frankfurter, or hot dog:

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The Ultimate Brooklyn Mixtape

Monday, July 26, 2010

From the Marcy projects to Flatbush to Coney Island, there's no question that Brooklyn has grown some of the world's finest musical talent. But what's an homage to Brooklyn's best without a mixtape? Here are some of my favorite songs from Brooklynites, born and raised.

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Ask the Historian: Post Your Brooklyn Questions

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Wonder how Brooklyn became the home of America's first fast food or what Flatbush was like at the turn of the 19th century?

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Growing Up in Queens

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Queens of my childhood was different from the Queens of my youth and I saw it morph again long after I moved across the river into "the city." Among the the most important lessons I learned was that change is the only constant in New York City.

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Ask the Historian: Post Your Queens Questions

Monday, July 19, 2010

Wonder how Ozone Park got its name or why Queens addresses have all those dashes?

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A Passion For All Things Queens

Monday, July 19, 2010

They give lectures and tours and help New Yorkers learn about their neighborhoods. Their positions are mandated by state law...but they don't make a penny for the job. They're the five city historians, one for each borough. This summer, we'll be meeting them and finding out some of the secret knowledge about their respective 'hoods.

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Queens Borough: From the WNYC Archive

Friday, July 16, 2010

From Louis Armstrong to the opening of the 1939 World's Fair, let WNYC take you on an auditory tour of the borough.

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