John B. Manbeck

The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn (Yale University Press, 2004)

Brooklyn Heights Crime Series; Novellas (Kindle; John B. Manbeck)- Death on the Rise (2012); The Disappearance of Patricia Murphey (2014); Skeleton in the Attic (2014); Brooklyn Bank Heist (2015)
Historic Photos of Brooklyn (Turner Publishing, 2008)

Historic Photos of The Brooklyn Bridge (Turner Publishing, 2009)

Brooklyn: Historically Speaking (The History Press, 2008)

The Brooklyn Film (McFarland & Company, 2004); Foreword by Pete Hamill; Introduction by Eli Wallach

Coney Island Kaleidoscope (Beautiful America, 1991)

The Brooklyn Century (Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, 2001)

The Encyclopedia of New York State: "Brooklyn" (Syracuse University Press, 2005)

Discover New York by Bus and Subway: "Brooklyn Heights" (MTA/​Iamco Publishing, 2009)

The Encyclopedia of New York City (second edition)- associate editor (Yale University Press, 2010)

Is Anyone Here from Brooklyn? by Frank Bisogna: "Brooklyn Music" (Fradon Publishing, 1991)

Podcast: The Fulton Mall (MetroTech BID, 2009)

DVD: The Brooklyn Bridge (The History Channel, 1999)

Coney Island: Lost and Found- Charles Denson

Coney Island: The People's Playground- Michael Immerso

The Phantom of Manhattan- Frederick Forsythe

Brooklyn-By-Name- Leonard Bernado & Jennifer Weiss

It Happened in Brooklyn- Myrna & Harvey Frommer

The Other Islands of New York City- Sharon Seitz & Stuart Miller

Walk Around Brooklyn (Part 1)- PBS

The American Experience: Coney Island- Ric Burns

Crime novellas: Death on the Rise; The Disappearance of Patrician Murphey; Skeleton in the Attic (Kindle; John B. Manbeck, 2012)

Available on Kindle:
Chronicles of Historic Brooklyn (The History Press, 2013); Foreword by former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
Brooklyn: Historically Speaking (The History Press, 2008); Foreword by Brooklyn Eagle publisher, Dozier Hasty

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Brooklyn Bank Heist
Just before Christmas, 1930, a woman walks up to the teller demanding money. Lt. Lewis and his crew from the Poplar Street precinct attempt to find the gang and trace their connection to an even larger operation before the New Year.

Chronicles of Historic Brooklyn
Columns that originally appeared in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle about the history and philosophy that developed contemporary Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Beach Baths

Brooklyn: Historically Speaking
Essays about Brooklyn excerpted from Manbeck's weekly columns in "The Brooklyn Daily Eagle." Arranged thematically on neighborhoods, sports, services, Battle of Brooklyn, transportation. Introduction by Eagle publisher J. Dozier Hasty.

Man walking up on Columbia Heights from the Fulton Ferry, 1885

Brooklyn Heights Crime Series
Crime novellas set in Brooklyn Heights in 1930s. Includes "Death on the Rise", "The Disappearance of Patricia Murphey", "Skeleton in the Attic" & "Brooklyn Bank Heist": "...a good read for all those who like old-fashioned detective and crime fiction." Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Skeleton in the Attic
Two researchers uncover a mystery that baffles the staff of the Long Island Historical Society as well as the police. A mysterious and uncatalogued skeleton appears in the attic. Was it a warning? The case weaves history, murder and racial prejudice into a yarn that threatens the two young women researchers.

Facade of Long Island Historical Society, now Brooklyn Historical Society

The Disappearance of Patricia Murphey
The disappearance of the attractive Brooklyn College student aroused fear or abduction and possible white slavery in her parents but suspicion in the mind of Lt. Jared Lewis of the Brooklyn Heights police precinct. The novella traces the search from the stately Hotel Margaret to the seedy waterfront below with a climax on Montague Terrace.

Patricia Murphy's Candlelight Room in Brooklyn Heights where the adventure started.

Death on the Rise
Her scream stunned the residents of the Brooklyn residential neighborhood. Prohibition and The Depression had already rocked Brooklyn Heights. But now it was murder and up to a police lieutenant, a sergeant and a private detective to unravel the mystery at The Remsen Hotel. "...delightful little noir story...well written and great reading fun." Regina Fagin

Murder escalated the fear factor in The Remsen Hotel.

The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn
Multi-page descriptions of over 90 neighborhoods in the Borough of Brooklyn with pictures, maps, historical highlights, and community data. Original hardback publication published in 1992. Revised paperback edition published in 2004. Reviewed on cover of "The New York Times Book Review," Dec. 13, 1998. Published by Yale University Press/Citizens for NYC.

"Brooklyn Bridge II" by Bascove

Historic Photos of Brooklyn
Black and white photographs of Brooklyn from mid-nineteenth century to 2000. Divided into five decades with descriptions of historic locations. "A wonderful new book"-pardonmeforasking.blogspot

Strolling on The Promenade across The Brooklyn Bridge

Historic Photos of The Brooklyn Bridge
The preparation, construction, celebration and history of America's most famous bridge and the Roebling family that built it. Photographs celebrate its endurance and centennial birthday of this American icon. "Just beautiful to look at." David Chan

Engineers posing on Brooklyn Bridge cables

The Brooklyn Film
Essays by film scholars of movies that reflect Brooklyn character and the borough's place in cinema. Illustrated. With Brooklyn filmography, foreword by Pete Hamill and introduction by Eli Wallach, both Brooklynites. "Scholarly but fun and fact-filled." NY Daily News

Brooklyn film projected under Brooklyn Bridge

Selected Reviews

Crime fiction novella
Fiction: crime mystery
"If you're a fan of historical fiction, local Brooklyn history, crime fiction or all three, check out John Manbeck's 'The Skeleton in the Attic' as well as the previous installments"- Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Murder in a Brooklyn Heights men's hotel in 1930.
Essays that reveal the history and spirit of this ever-growing metropolis. "A true love letter to Brooklyn"- former Borough President Marty Markowitz; "...enlightening and engaging anthology"- Sam Roberts, NY Times
"readable and rewarding"- Henrik Krogius, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Fiction: crime mystery
Short fictional crime stories with historic Brooklyn background. "...a good read for all those who like old-fashioned detective and crime fiction." Brooklyn Daily Eagle
"surprising rewards" The New Yorker; "charming and highly accessible form"- The NY Times Book Review; "excellent guide to the visual delights and human landscape"- NY Daily News; "a delightful tour"- Modern Maturity
"a resonant collection" The New York Times; "another beautiful entry" SoHo Journal
Non-fiction, history, photographs
Historic photos of building the bridge and after
Non-fiction, essays