These all look interesting, though I'm partial to the Garden Spot. A "useless lecture series" at Union Hall in Park Slope. Here's their link.
And Union Hall's.
ADULT EDUCATION PRESENTS: "Brooklyn"
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 8 pm (doors at 7:30)
Union Hall in Park Slope
702 Union St. @ 5th Ave
BETSY BRADLEY, "Dreamland is Burning: A Coney Island Centennial"
In 1911, the most expensive amusement park at Coney Island burned to the ground overnight. Bradley explains how the Dreamland Circus Sideshow rose from the park's ashes, and ushered in a century of truly "curious peoples" on Brooklyn's southernmost shores.
HEATHER QUINLAN, "The Brooklyn Accent: Freakin' A"
Other than cursing and hand gestures, Quinlan considers the components of the Brooklyn accent.
HOWARD EISMAN, "The Garden Spot of the Universe: Greenpoint, Civic Virtue, and The McGuinness"
Eisman details the career and legacy of Peter J. McGuinness, the last of New York's Irish political bosses.
MIKE MISCIONE, "Up With the Flag of Brooklyn!"
Miscione revisits the battle over Brooklyn's annexation by New York City in 1898 -- and reintroduces an anti-consolidation anthem of the day.
With host CHARLES STAR