What Brooklyn Looked Like Before The Hipster Invasion

This was Brooklyn before it became a haven for luxury condos and artisanal pickle shops.

During the forties and fifties, Brooklyn was home to manufacturing and industry that kept its economy thriving. But the boon of World War II was short lived and soon after, companies left New York for cheaper cities while Brooklynites fled for safer neighborhoods and the city fell into an economic slump that would last for decades.

Drugs and mobsters ruled the streets throughout the seventies and eighties while Brooklyn fell into disrepair as the city cut back on basic services. Still, the borough remained a destination for a diverse set of immigrants from places like Russia, China, and Puerto Rico who intermingled with traditional Brooklyn populations of African-Americans, Italians, and Jews.

Below, we look at twenty-nine pictures of what Brooklyn looked like before it became a haven for luxury condos and artisanal pickle shops:

Building Fire
Brooklyn Bridge In Fog
Bushwick Ave
Kosciusko Pool
What Brooklyn Looked Like Before The Hipster Invasion
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Next, look at when the New York subways were the most dangerous place on the planet, then check out photos from 1970s New York.

Elisabeth Sherman
Elisabeth Sherman
Elisabeth Sherman is a writer living in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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