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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (September 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738557617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738557618
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Brooklyn Streetcars, Michael Schreiber, librarian at the Branford Electric Railway Association and editor of this volume, documents the changes in the streetcar lines throughout the railway's history in Brooklyn. The vintage images come from the association's archives as well as the private collections of Edward B. Watson, Arthur J. Lonto, and Frank Pfuhler.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. MARKS on November 19, 2009
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This book is filled with rare photos of trolley cars in Brooklyn. It's great for people who grew up in Brooklyn, especially if they are old enough to remember some of the trolley lines or if they just want to see what Brooklyn looked like back then. If you are not from Brooklyn, but a trolley fan in general, you would like seeing the images of what was once one of the major trolley systems in this country. It's a worthwhile addition to any collection of publications on streetcars and rapid transit operations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Ornstein on December 24, 2008
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This recent edition of Arcadia's Images of Rail series takes you on a magnificent tour of New York's most populous borough by street railway.

Students of New York's transit history may also know that this isn't the first publication on the subject. Back in the 1980's, James C. Greller published "Brooklyn Trolleys", which in its own right, is also an excellent book. Whereas the Greller book focuses on the different car types that roamed the streets of Brooklyn, the Arcadia book takes you on a historical tour of Kings County from far-flung Norton's Point, to the Manhattan Bridge. Therefore, these two books are excellent complements to each other. If you have both, you now know the whole story.

Brooklyn Streetcars offers a glimpse of life in Brooklyn from the late 19th century to the mid-1950's, and how the streetcar influenced the growth and planning of this part of New York City.

Every page has either two good sized photos or one very large photo that takes up almost the entire page. There are also maps, but they are a bit crude and could have been done better, in my opinion.

99% of the photos in this book I have not seen before, and therefore, probably does not overlap in any significant way any other publication on the subject. I wouldn't be surprised if the author was conscious of other books written on the subject, and carefully used photos previously unpublished.

Even though I was born way after the last trolley ran in Brooklyn, I have always wondered what it was like to see these fabulous vehicles running down Ocean Avenue, Church Avenue, Coney Island Avenue, etc.

Thanks to Arcadia, now I have come a little closer to knowing and understanding the once massive and impressive system.

If you are into the history of New York City's Transit system, this book is sure to be a favorite in your collection. And at the price offered by Amazon, you certainly can't go wrong. It's literally a trip back in time.
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Brooklyn was once served by the second largest street railway system in the United States. The Brooklyn Rapid Transit system and successor Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corporation strived to provide the best in frequent, safe and comfortable surface transportation for their millions of daily patrons. This book is a wonderful pictorial introduction to Brooklyn when the electric streetcar was "king of the road." It divides the system into different areas or neighborhoods and illustrates the diversity of the borough when the trolleys were urban, suburban, and rural. "Brooklyn Streetcars" will remind many older readers who grew up in the borough of happy times spent on the cars to visit friends, go shopping, travel to Coney Island, Ebbets Field, or cross the great Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Williamsburgh Bridges for work in the "city across the river."
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The book relies largely on images and maps, which in itself isn't so bad, until you try to zoom in on some of them. If you have a Kindle Fire HD, like I do, you should be able to get close up views of the pages with the "Reading View" button.
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By Donna Benichasa on September 6, 2013
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This book is very historical my husband and his relatives were born in Brooklyn and found this book very interesting and entertaining.
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