A picture’s worth a thousand burgers. The DUMBO Shack teamed up with our neighbors at the Brooklyn Historical Society for a permanent photography installation. Ten historic photographs of DUMBO’s past now grace the walls of the Shack, covering periods from the Brooklyn Bridge’s construction to the dock worker’s heyday.
Brooklyn Bridge construction, circa 1875, V1973.5.278; Brooklyn Historical Society.
Deepening our roots in our historic ‘hood, this collection documents just how much the waterfront near the DUMBO Shack has changed over time—from a bustling commercial and industrial hub, to a deindustrialized ghost town, to today’s incredibly popular Brooklyn Bridge park. We wanted to showcase a piece of our shared history for our guests.
Brooklyn Bridge and Fulton Ferry landing, circa 1900, V1972.1.1305; Brooklyn Historical Society.
Like your ShackBurgers with a side of yesteryear? This fall, the Brooklyn Historical Society is opening a satellite museum steps away from the DUMBO Shack in Empire Stores, a 19th century waterfront warehouse currently undergoing a massive restoration.
Launching one of five ferry boats for the City of New York at the Tebo Yacht Basin, circa 1900, V1973.5.930; Brooklyn Historical Society.
“Brooklyn Historical Society is thrilled to bring its rich visual collections to Shake Shack’s customers,” said Julie Golia, Director of Public History at Brooklyn Historical Society. “Shake Shack offers unparalleled views of waterfront landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge and Fulton Ferry, and seeing these iconic sites depicted in 19th– and early 20th-century photographs will no doubt enrich the experiences of visitors to Brooklyn’s 21st-century waterfront.”
John Jay Pierrepont, Man and horse on the deck of a docked ship, Brooklyn Heights, circa 1890, V1986.066.71; Brooklyn Historical Society.
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn’s extraordinary and complex history. The Brooklyn Historical Society is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned archives and special collections and archives library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue.