Katy Lasdow has continued her work as Assistant Public Historian at Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) researching and curating the Waterfront exhibition, which officially opens at Empire Stores in December 2017.
This summer, she was interviewed on BHS’s podcast Flatbush +Main about her research on working-class life in nineteenth-century Brooklyn.
Starting with a death notice of a dockworker, Michael Harkins, who was “killed by a bag of seed” while working at the Empire Stores in 1873, Katy pieced together documentary fragments to uncover his story. What she found is a tale of immigration, family, hardship, and community in the waterfront neighborhood of Vinegar Hill.
You can listen to Katy’s interview and learn more about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront here.