Brooklyn has recently become renowned as a maker haven, a new identity the borough has taken on as it grows from a Manhattan suburb into a megacity. Yet, a look at history shows that Kings County was teeming with creators in the 19th century that sustained the country’s industrial sector — but instead of MakerBot’s 3D printing or FreshDirect’s grocery delivery, it was pianos, wallpaper and numbering machines.
Here’s a dive into five defunct Brooklyn businesses that made a name for themselves as creators in a far different, long-gone era in the borough’s existence.
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