Brooklyn by the Books, Blogs and Papers

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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.


"Brooklyn" by Colm Toibin

"Brooklyn Was Mine" by Valerie Steiker and Chris Knutsen 

"The Chosen" by Chaim Potok

"The Color of Water" by James McBride

"The Fortress of Solitude" by Jonathan Lethem

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith

Must-read Brooklyn history, curated by Brooklyn borough historian Ron Schweiger:

"Brooklyn's Gold Coast: The Sheepshead Bay Communities" by Brian Merlis and Lee A. Rosenzweig

"Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery: New York's Buried Treasure" by Jeffrey I. Richman 

"Brooklyn's Flatlands: Beyond the Field" by Lee Rosenzweig and Brian Merlis

"Coney Island: Lost and Found" by Charles Denson 

"The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge" by David McCullough 

"The Social History of Flatbush: And Manners and Customs of the Dutch Settlers in Kings County" by Gertrude Lefferts Vanderbilt

"When Brooklyn Was the World, 1920-1957" by Elliot Willensky

Brooklyn Blogs:

Bed-stuy blog


The Brooklyn Ink



Cobble Hill blog

Free Williamsburg


The Local

Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn

Brooklyn Newspapers and Magazines:

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The Brooklyn Paper

The Brooklyn Rail

Edible Brooklyn

Smoke Signal