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This article from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sunday, March 12, 1911, recounts the winter-time lives of Erie Canal barge families who winter in Erie Basin. Colonies of Cozy Canal Boats Cluster for Winter City of Inland Navigators Prepares for Annual...

"No man ever, perhaps, got so much the best of old Beard as did Louis Heineman, the housemover of the Twelfth ward.” (The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 19, 1891)   When Louis Heineman died in 1904, he was reportedly 104 years old, and likely the...

Elizabeth Street was renamed Beard Street Dec 14, 1865. Elizabeth was one of the older streets in Red Hook, officially listed at least as early as 1817. William Beard (1806-1886) was an Irish immigrant, who gained his initial success building rail...

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