Vintage pictures show Brooklyn was like in the summer of 1974

when it’s high summer in New York City, it means the city feels like the inside of a steam room.

But New Yorkers are no strangers to dealing with summer heat and humidity — look no further than this 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. Here’s a glimpse at what he saw.

Two girls pose in front of graffiti in Lynch Park, Brooklyn.

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Manhattan Bridge Tower in Brooklyn, framed through nearby buildings.

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Apartment house across from Fort Green Park in Brooklyn.

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Williamsburg Bridge facing Manhattan.

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View from under elevated train tracks at Bushwick Avenue.

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Block of brownstone residences in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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Young man with his leg in a cast in Highland Park.

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On Bond Street in Brooklyn.

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Boy at bat in a softball game in Highland Park, Brooklyn.

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Basketball playground in Brooklyn.

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

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Playing Frisbee in the street.

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Playing softball in Highland Park.

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Although partially gutted by fire, one portion of this building across from Lynch Park in Brooklyn, is still inhabited.

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Three girls in Brooklyn.

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

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Puerto Rican boy playing ball in Highland Park, Brooklyn.

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Children at Riis Park, a public beach in Brooklyn.

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Kosciusko Public Swimming Pool in the heart of Bed-Stuy.

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Youngsters on the July Fourth holiday at the Kosciusko Swimming Pool in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

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More kids at the Kosciosko Swimming Pool.

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Boy at the Kosciusko Swimming Pool.

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Young girls at Lynch Park, Brooklyn.

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Row houses on Bond Street, Brooklyn.

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More row houses.

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Graffiti in Brooklyn.

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

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Three girls on Bond Street.

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The old RKO Bushwick Theatre.

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Walking along Bushwick Avenue.

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An example of Brooklyn architecture on Vanderbilt Avenue.

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

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Turn of the century brownstone apartments.

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Crossing underneath the subway at Bushwick Avenue.

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Bushwick Avenue seen from an elevated train platform.

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