To-Let: Apartments and Houses to rent
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The search for housing was just as frustrating in 1861 as it is today. Although rents were seemingly less expensive, Brooklyn's population explosion caused scarcity, especially for apartments at rents affordable to the working classes and the poor. This advertisement from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle shows houses and apartments "to let," meaning for rent.
Citation - Document 20
Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online
April 15, 1861
Brooklyn Public Library – Brooklyn Collection