Here's what Brooklyn was like in the summer of 1974

This Monday is Memorial Day, the unofficial start to Summer across New York City and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere.

To celebrate the impending summer months, we’ve culled together this beautiful collection of vintage photos of Brooklyn taken in the summer of 1974.

Photographer Danny Lyon spent two months snapping pictures of the daily life in the borough — exploring Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Green and Park Slope among other neighbourhoods. We think they will get you in the mood for the season, even if you’ve never been to the BK.

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

Basketball playground in Brooklyn

African-American sports heroes are the motifs in the wall paintings on Nostrand Avenue, 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 Brooklyn

Boy Scout Leader recruiting among children in the Bed-Stuy neighbourhood.

Puerto Rican 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.

More kids at the Kosciosko Swimming Pool

Boy at the Kosciusko Swimming Pool

Young girls at Lynch Park, Brooklyn.

Row houses on Bond Street, Brooklyn.

More row houses

Graffiti in Brooklyn

Fire set by the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute to test wires and insulation in NYC

Three girls on Bond Street

The old RKO Bushwick Theatre

Walking along Bushwick Avenue

An example of Brooklyn architecture on Vanderbilt Avenue

Three boys and 'A Train' graffiti in Brooklyn's Lynch Park.

Turn of the century brownstone apartments

Playing softball in Highland Park

Crossing underneath the subway at Bushwick Avenue

Bushwick Avenue seen from an elevated train platform

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