WHEN BROOKLYN LOST ITS SWAGGER: THE CONSOLIDATION OF 1898
Thursday, September 24 at 9:00p
Brooklyn was a large, proud, and independent city until 1898, when it was consolidated into the newly conceived five-borough NYC that exists today. Ever since, generations of bitter Brooklynites have grumbled about living in Manhattan’s shadow, but Brooklyn’s downgrade from city to borough was welcomed by many 19th century Brooklynites who saw is as a way to save their hometown from bankruptcy and irrelevance. Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione will reveal all the dirty details behind what some Brooklynites still call “the mistake of ’98." (Note: This presentation is part of a Nerd Nite double feature at the BHS. The second presentation, by Mike Liss, will be recount the heyday of New York City tabloid journalism.)
Born in Batavia, New York. Mother a concert harpist; father a photographer. BFA in Advertising Design from Syracuse University. Two–year certificate program at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. Worked for New York Telephone/NYNEX, 1970–1990, mostly in Manhattan. Earned Masters degree in Media Studies at New School for Social Research during the period. Odd film courses here and there at NYU.
Member of Canal Society of New York State (now on the board), board of Historic Pittsford, New Society of the Genesee, and Genesee Valley Civil War Roundtable.
Published in Crooked Lake Review, American Canals, Bottoming Out (Canal Society publication), New York Archives magazine, and The Encyclopedia of New York State.
Maintains an expanding 70+ Megabyte off–line chronology of World History.
Been doing TimeMaster segments over WXXI–FM – 91.5 – since 1997, until earlier this year when the program host retirted. Currently over 600 scripts. Current essays available by e–mail.
Core idea: Every person, place or object has a story. You just have to dig it out.
Also: The film version's usually much less interesting than what really happened.