The scrapbooks are open and available to the public in BHS’s Othmer Library.
Brooklyn had already been well established as a home for Jewish immigrants, and there was an active Jewish community in Coney Island at the time.
For more information on our collections relating to the Jewish community in Brooklyn, please see this subject guide.
And while those flying solo in Queens and Brooklyn aren’t far behind, with 27 and 26 percent, respectively, it’s no surprise dozens are ditching Midtown for the funky flair and tightknit vibes on the other side of the river.
“Brooklyn is filled with new and exciting places with a vibrant energy in the air,” says NYC-based dating coach Arthur Malov.
The scrapbooks contain a variety of writing assignments, most of which outline their lives prior to immigration, their experiences in America, and their views on World War II and other current events.
Some speak lovingly of their childhood experiences, while others depict the harsh reality of poverty during the interwar period of Europe.” said that traditional dating — which is to say calling someone and asking them on a date — was dead.So I asked myself, what is supposed to be this great thing that isn’t happening anymore?“While Manhattan is great, it has a bit of a ‘been there, done that’ feel.” Malov isn’t the only one who believes Midtown has lost its charm.“Manhattan just isn’t as interesting as it used to be,” Time Out New York’s Deputy Editor (and Brooklynite) Carla Sosenko explains.The classes were made up entirely of immigrants who arrived in Brooklyn starting in the early 1920s through the 1940s, the vast majority of which seemed to have been displaced by war.