40 Gorgeous Pictures Of Brooklyn In 1974

Photographer Danny Lyon spent two months snapping pictures of the daily life in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974 as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Documerica project.
He explored Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Green and Park Slope, among other neighborhoods.

Together, Lyon’s photos give a fantastic impression of what Brooklyn looked like 40 years ago, before gentrification.

Manhattan Bridge Tower in Brooklyn, framed through nearby buildings.

MANHATTAN BRIDGE TOWER IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY, FRAMED THROUGH NEARBY BUILDINGS. June 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

The Manhattan skyline.

Williamsburg Bridge facing towards Manhattan.

WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE IN NEW YORK CITY FACING TOWARDS MANHATTAN. July 1974

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View from under elevated train tracks at Bushwick Avenue.

VIEW FROM UNDER ELEVATED TRAIN TRACKS AT BUSHWICK AVENUE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. June 1974

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

TWO LATINO GIRLS POSE IN FRONT OF A WALL OF GRAFFITI IN LYNCH PARK IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. June 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Apartment house across from Fort Green Park in Brooklyn.

APARTMENT HOUSE ACROSS FROM FORT GREEN PARK IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK CITY. June 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Block of brownstone residences in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

BLOCK OF BROWNSTONE RESIDENCES IN PARK SLOPE OF BROOKLYN NEW YORK CITY. June 1974

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

YOUNG MAN WITH HIS LEG IN A CAST IN HIGHLAND PARK OF BROOKLYN NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

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On Bond Street in Brooklyn.

INNER CITY LIFE ON BOND STREET IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

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

BOY AT BAT IN A SOFTBALL GAME IN HIGHLAND PARK OF BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

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Basketball playground in Brooklyn.

Black sports heroes are the motifs in the wall paintings on Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn.

BLACK SPORTS HEROES ARE THE MOTIFS IN THESE WALL PAINTINGS ON NOSTRAND AVENUE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

House in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

HOUSE IN PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. June 1974

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Playing Frisbee in the street.

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

ALTHOUGH PARTIALLY GUTTED BY FIRE, ONE PORTION OF THIS BUILDING ACROSS FROM LYNCH PARK IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY, STILL IS INHABITED. July 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Three girls in Brooklyn.

THREE YOUNG GIRLS IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

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Boy Scout Leader recruiting among Latino Youths in the Bed-Stuy District.

BOY SCOUT LEADER RECRUITING AMONG LATINO YOUTHS IN THE BEDFORD-STUYVESANT DISTRICT OF BROOKLYN IN NEW YORK CITY. June 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Puerto Rican Boy playing ball in Highland Park, Brooklyn.

PUERTO RICAN BOY PLAYING BALL IN HIGHLAND PARK OF BROOKLYN NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

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Children at Riis Park, a public beach in Brooklyn.

CHILDREN AT RIIS PARK, A PUBLIC BEACH IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

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

THE KOSCIUSKO PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL IN THE HEART OF THE BEDFORD-STUYVESANT DISTRICT OF BROOKLYN IN NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

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Youngsters on the July 4th holiday at the Kosciusko Swimming Pool in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

YOUNGSTERS ON THE JULY 4TH HOLIDAY AT THE KOSCIUSKO SWIMMING POOL IN BROOKLYN'S BEDFORD-STUYVESANT DISTRICT, NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

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Kosciosko Swimming Pool -- a public pool in the Bedford-Stuyvesant District of Brooklyn.

KOSCIOSKO SWIMMING POOL, A PUBLIC POOL PLACED FOR USE BY RESIDENTS OF THE INNER CITY IN THE BEDFORD-STUYVESANT DISTRICT OF BROOKLYN IN NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Boy at the Kosciusko Swimming Pool in Bed-Stuy.

BOY AGAINST A YELLOW PLATFORM AT THE KOSCIUSKO SWIMMING POOL IN THE BEDFORD-STUYVESANT DISTRICT OF BROOKLYN IN NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Latin youth at Lynch Park, Brooklyn.

LATIN YOUTHS AT LYNCH PARK IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. June 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Row houses on Bond Street, Brooklyn.

ROW HOUSES ON BOND STREET IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Row houses in Brooklyn.

ROW HOUSES IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. June 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Graffiti in Brooklyn.

GRAFFITI WITH A SUPERGRAPHIC 'VAIL' AND OTHER WORDS ON A WALL IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

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

FIRE SET BY THE BROOKLYN POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE TO TEST WIRES AND INSULATION IN NEW YORK CITY. June 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Three girls on Bond Street in Brooklyn.

THREE YOUNG GIRLS ON BOND STREET IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Building detail of the RKO Bushwick Theatre in Brooklyn.

BUILDING DETAIL OF THE RKO BUSHWICK THEATRE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

RKO Bushwick Theatre.

RKO BUSHWICK THEATRE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Children at the beach in Riis Park, Brooklyn.

CHILDREN AT THE BEACH IN RIIS PARK, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Walking along Bushwick Ave.

INNER CITY RESIDENTS OF BROOKLYN IN NEW YORK CITY WALK ALONG BUSHWICK AVENUE OBLIVIOUS TO THE NOISE OF THE GRAFFITI GARBED ELEVATED TRAIN. July 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

An example of Brooklyn architecture on Vanderbilt Ave.

AN EXAMPLE OF BROOKLYN ARCHITECTURE ON VANDERBILT AVENUE IN NEW YORK CITY. June 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

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

THREE BOYS AND 'A TRAIN' GRAFFITI IN BROOKLYN'S LYNCH PARK IN NEW YORK CITY. June 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Near Lynch Park, Brooklyn.

SCENE NEAR LYNCH PARK IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. June 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Turn-of-the-century brownstone apartments.

TURN OF THE CENTURY BROWNSTONE APARTMENTS BEING PAINTED AND RENOVATED BY THEIR OWNERS IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Playing softball in Highland Park.

PUERTO RICAN BOYS PLAYING SOFTBALL IN BROOKLYN'S HIGHLAND PARK IN NEW YORK CITY. July 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Crossing underneath the subway at Bushwick Ave.

THE UNDERSIDE OF AN ELEVATED TRAIN PLATFORM IS PART OF THE ENVIRONMENT ON BUSHWICK AVENUE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY. June 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

Bushwick Ave. seen from an elevated train platform.

BROOKLYN'S BUSHWICK AVENUE SEEN FROM AN ELEVATED TRAIN PLATFORM IN NEW YORK CITY. June 1974

Photo by Danny Lyon / NARA

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