Image Above: Flatbush Avenue, ca. 1880. This view was taken just south of Cortelyou Road, and is looking north. The avenue was still a dirt road with wooden planks. Note the Jeremiah Lott homestead. v1973.4.641. The Photography Collection of the Brooklyn Historical Society.
TRaveling to and through Flatbush town: then and now
The various means of transportation throughout Brooklyn is often taken for granted. Travelers complain about little irritants like travel time and crowded trains. It would be intriguing to see Brooklynites in 2012 walk everywhere they went. How would it feel to walk every where? The people in the 1800’s did not have much of a choice; like the great historian Gabriel Furman. Gabriel Furman took a walk everywhere he went. Traveling time in the 1800's was extensive and the options were very limited.To many people today, walking down the block is a punishment.