This 272-page hard-covered volume by Brian Merlis, Lee Rosenzweig, and Oscar Israelowitz will be released in November 2011. The area covered stretches from Foster Avenue on the north to Avenue R on the south, between McDonald and Nostrand Avenues. Generously illustrated with hundreds of rare vintage photographs, maps, and documents, this authoritative history traces Midwood’s past from its first settlement back in the 1600s until modern times. Chapters include Early Residential Development and Transportation, South Greenfield, Public Schools, Churches and Synagogues, sections on the area’s many thoroughfares such as Kings Highway, Ocean Avenue and Parkway, The Lettered Avenues, Coney Island Avenue, others. A colorful chapter about the famed Vitagraph movie studios was written by Shakespearean scholar Irvin Leigh Matus, who grew up not far away.
A “must-have” for all Midwood households or those familiar with this section, this scholarly book will be a keepsake for generations to come.