Brooklyn fulfilled the industrial needs of the country during World War II. The post-war years saw rapid deindustrialization in Brooklyn. Heavy manufacturers began to move to cheaper locations in other cities, and the ports became less active as large container ships, requiring deep harbors, began to dominate the shipping trade. The Brooklyn dockyards were also largely abandoned.
In 1955, the Dodgers won the only World Series for Brooklyn against their rival New York Yankees. The event was marked by mass euphoria and celebrations. The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1957. The streetcar service was discontinued on Brooklyn Bridge and other bridges in 1950.
Take a look at these stunning vintage photos that show Brooklyn in the 1950s.