Brooklyn Coloring Book
Brooklyn is full of interesting landmarks. Some have been here for hundreds of years while others, like Ebbets Field, now exist only in our collective memory. Each one is a testament to the borough's history and growth.
Have fun coloring in the pages and feel free to add your own touches--people, animals, aliens--and see how unique you can make your Brooklyn landmark.
The Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch at Grand Army Plaza was built to honor the brave servicemen who fought in the Union forces during the Civil War. The monument, designed by John Hemingway Duncan, was built between 1889 and 1892. Decorating the Arch are magnificent sculptures by Frederick William MacMonnies. Adorning the top is the Quadriga or horse-drawn chariot, added in 1898. Added in 1901 to the two south pedestals are the Spirit of the Navy and the Spirit of the Army.
Construction of Brooklyn Public Library's Central building began in 1912. Its architect was Raymond R. Almirall. Soon after, the money needed to build the library ran out. It wasn't until 1938 that construction started again. In December 1941 The Central Library finally opened, with a new modern design. The new architects were Alfred Morton Githens and Francis Keally. Sculptors Carl P. Jennewein and Thomas Hudson Jones created the beautiful entranceway for the library.
The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden inside the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of the oldest and most visited Japanese-inspired gardens outside Japan. The first such garden within an American public garden, it was constructed between 1914 and 1915. Its designer, Takeo Sheiota, came to America in 1907 and aspired to create "a garden more beautiful than all others in the world."
This beautiful Magnolia Grandiflora is located at 679 Lafayette Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant. William Lemkken brought it from North Carolina as a seedling, and planted it around 1885. Through the efforts of community environmentalist Hattie Carthan it received landmark status in 1970.
Art © June Koffi