41 Vintage Photos Showing Brooklyn, New York in 1974

Brooklyn is a borough of New York City, coextensive with Kings County, in the U.S. state of New York. Kings County is the most populous county in New York State, as well as the second-most densely populated county in the United States (after New York County). It is also New York City’s most populous borough, with 2,736,074 residents in 2020. If each borough were ranked as a city, Brooklyn would rank as the third-most populous in the U.S., after Los Angeles and Chicago.

Named after the Dutch village of Breukelen, it shares a land border with the borough of Queens, on the western end of Long Island. Brooklyn has several bridge and tunnel connections to the borough of Manhattan across the East River and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connects it with Staten Island. With a land area of 70.82 square miles (183.4 km2) and a water area of 26 square miles (67 km2), Kings County is New York state’s fourth-smallest county by land area and third-smallest by total area.

Brooklyn was an independent incorporated city (and previously an authorized village and town within the provisions of the New York State Constitution) until January 1, 1898, when, after a long political campaign and public relations battle during the 1890s, according to the new Municipal Charter of “Greater New York,” Brooklyn was consolidated with other cities, towns, and counties, to form the modern City of New York, surrounding the Upper New York Bay with five constituent boroughs. The borough continues, however, to maintain a distinct culture. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are ethnic enclaves. Brooklyn’s official motto, displayed on the Borough seal and flag, is Eendraght Maeckt Maght, which translates from early modern Dutch as “Unity makes strength.”

In the first decades of the 21st century, Brooklyn has experienced a renaissance as a destination for hipsters, with concomitant gentrification, dramatic house price increases, and a decrease in housing affordability. Some new developments are required to include affordable housing units. Since the 2010s, Brooklyn has evolved into a thriving hub of entrepreneurship, high technology start-up firms postmodern art and design. (Wikipedia)

Manhattan Bridge Tower in Brooklyn, framed through nearby buildings.
Williamsburg Bridge facing towards Manhattan.
View from under elevated train tracks at Bushwick Avenue
Two girls pose in front of graffiti in Lynch Park, Brooklyn
Apartment house across from Fort Green Park in Brooklyn
Block of brownstone residences in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Young man with his leg in a cast in Highland Park
On Bond Street in Brooklyn
Boy at bat in a softball game in Highland Park, Brooklyn
Boys in Brooklyn
Basketball playground in Brooklyn
Black sports heros are the motifs in the wall paintings on Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn.
House in Park Slope, Brooklyn
Playing Frisbee in the street
Although partially gutted by fire, one portion of this building across from Lynch Park, in Brooklyn, is still inhabited.
Three girls in Broooklyn
Boy Scout Leader recruiting among Latino Youths in the Bed-Stuy District.
Boy playing ball in Highland Park, Brooklyn.
Children at Riis Park, a public beach in Brooklyn.
Kosciusko Public Swimming Pool in the heart of Bed-Stuy.
Youngsters on the July 4th holiday at the Kosciusko Swimming Pool in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Kosciosko Swimming Pool — a public pool in the Bedford-Stuyvesant District of Brooklyn.
Boy at the Kosciusko Swimming Pool in Bed-Stuy
Youth at Lynch Park, Brooklyn.
Row houses on Bond Street, Brooklyn.
Row houses in Brooklyn
Graffiti in Brooklyn
Fire set by the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute to test wires and insulation in NYC.
Three girls on Bond Street in Brooklyn.
Building detail of the RKO Bushwick Theater in Brooklyn.
RKO Bushwick Theater
Children at the beach in Riis Park, Brooklyn
Walking along Bushwick Ave.
An example of Brooklyn architecture on Vanderbilt Ave.
Three boys and ” A Train” graffiti in Brooklyn’s Lynch Park.
Near Lynch Park, Brooklyn
Turn of the century brownstone apartments
Playing softball in Highland Park
Crossing underneath the subway at Bushwick Ave.
Bushwick Ave seen from an elevated train platform

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