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Brooklyn in the 1970s: Fascinating Vintage Photos show Street Scenes and Everyday Life

In the 1970s Brooklyn was ruled by mobsters and gangsters, the crime rates were high. Yet the borough remained the favorite place for immigrants from Russia, China, and Puerto Rico, intermingled with traditional Brooklyn populations of African-Americans, Italians, and Jews. There were only a few tall buildings and a lot of pop shops. The streets were empty and most of the houses were raw, you could easily find parking spots almost everywhere.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Brooklyn was home to manufacturing and industry that kept its economy thriving, however, in the mid-70s it was shifted to a service-based economy. Take a look at these stunning nostalgic photos that will take you back to 1970s Brooklyn.

#1 Militant display, window, Bushwick, Brooklyn, 1970.

Militant display, window, Bushwick, Brooklyn, 1970.

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#2 Turn of the century brownstone apartments being gentrified, Brooklyn, July 1974.

Turn of the century brownstone apartments being gentrified, Brooklyn, July 1974.

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#3 Boys playing baseball in a Vacant Lot on 20th Street, 1974.

Boys playing baseball in a Vacant Lot on 20th Street, 1974.

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#4 Greenpoint, Brookly, 1970s.

Greenpoint, Brookly, 1970s.

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#5 Crowd gathered at the Schaefer Bandstand in Central Park to hear singer Judy Collins with a dramatic view of the towers of midtown Manhattan in June of 1973.

Crowd gathered at the Schaefer Bandstand in Central Park to hear singer Judy Collins with a dramatic view of the towers of midtown Manhattan in June of 1973.

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#6 Brooklyn Block Party Setting up in 1977.

Brooklyn Block Party Setting up in 1977.

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#7 Conga Players on 7th Avenue, 1977

Conga Players on 7th Avenue, 1977

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#8 Lynch Park, Brooklyn, 1974.

Lynch Park, Brooklyn, 1974.

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#9 View of Brownsville from the Sutter Ave. stop on the L line, Brooklyn, 1978.

View of Brownsville from the Sutter Ave. stop on the L line, Brooklyn, 1978.

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#10 View SW from the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn, 1971.

View SW from the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn, 1971.

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#11 A young man with a BoomBox on 18th Street, 1970s.

A young man with a BoomBox on 18th Street, 1970s.

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#12 Children on a break from Pentecostal Church Services, on 7th Avenue, 1979.

Children on a break from Pentecostal Church Services, on 7th Avenue, 1979.

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#13 Bushwick Avenue, 1970s.

Bushwick Avenue, 1970s.

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#14 Bond Street, 1970s.

Bond Street, 1970s.

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#15 Across from Lynch Park, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1970s.

Across from Lynch Park, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1970s.

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#16 Fulton Ferry area in 1975.

Fulton Ferry area in 1975.

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#17 Boarded-up buildings and the Bedford Avenue façade of the Smith Building, 123 South 8th Street, 1970s.

Boarded-up buildings and the Bedford Avenue façade of the Smith Building, 123 South 8th Street, 1970s.

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#18 Williamsburg, looking east on Broadway from Bedford Avenue and South 6th Street, 1970s.

Williamsburg, looking east on Broadway from Bedford Avenue and South 6th Street, 1970s.

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#19 View from the roof of Falcone Funeral Home, 325 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, July 13, 1978.

View from the roof of Falcone Funeral Home, 325 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, July 13, 1978.

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#20 Home of Thompson Faulkner, 1472 Atlantic Avenue on May 2, 1978.

Home of Thompson Faulkner, 1472 Atlantic Avenue on May 2, 1978.

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#21 Old Fulton Street in what is now Dumbo, January 21, 1978.

Old Fulton Street in what is now Dumbo, January 21, 1978.

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#22 Gowanus Canal and the Smith Street and 9th Street station, January 21, 1978.

Gowanus Canal and the Smith Street and 9th Street station, January 21, 1978.

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#23 View from the 26th floor of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank in Fort Greene, July, 1978.

View from the 26th floor of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank in Fort Greene, July, 1978.

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#24 Cypress Hills, 1970s.

Cypress Hills, 1970s.

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#25 A mechanic in Flatbush, 1970s.

A mechanic in Flatbush, 1970s.

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#26 Carroll Gardens, 1970s.

Carroll Gardens, 1970s.

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#27 Ice cream sellers at Carroll Gardens, 1970s.

Ice cream sellers at Carroll Gardens, 1970s.

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#28 Bushwick Avenue, 1974

Bushwick Avenue, 1974

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#29 Kosciusko Pool, 1974.

Kosciusko Pool, 1974.

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#30 Carroll Gardens, 1978.

Carroll Gardens, 1978.

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#31 Skateboards Old School Boys, 1976.

Skateboards Old School Boys, 1976.

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#32 Hanging out, relaxing in front of my porch steps in Brooklyn 1977.

Hanging out, relaxing in front of my porch steps in Brooklyn 1977.

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#33 57th st block party, 1977.

57th st block party, 1977.

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#34 New Utrecht Ave & 55th Station B Train 1977.

New Utrecht Ave & 55th Station B Train 1977.

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#35 The 1975 Demolition of the Boro Park Theater 1975.

The 1975 Demolition of the Boro Park Theater 1975.

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#36 Brooklyn Hangout by The Garage 1975.

Brooklyn Hangout by The Garage 1975.

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#37 Maryanne Wedding 1301-57st – Brooklyn 1976.

Maryanne Wedding 1301-57st – Brooklyn 1976.

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#38 Boro Park Brooklyn 1977.

Boro Park Brooklyn 1977.

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#39 Boro Park Brooklyn, 1978.

Boro Park Brooklyn, 1978.

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#40 Brooklyn Boro Park Carza Washin, Car Wash, 1978.

Brooklyn Boro Park Carza Washin, Car Wash, 1978.

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#41 Three young girls on Bond Street, Brooklyn, July 1974.

Three young girls on Bond Street, Brooklyn, July 1974.

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#42 Children play in front of “A Train” graffiti in Brooklyn’s Lynch Park, in June of 1974.

Children play in front of "A Train" graffiti in Brooklyn's Lynch Park, in June of 1974.

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#43 Children at the beach in Reis Park, Brooklyn, July 1974.

Children at the beach in Reis Park, Brooklyn, July 1974.

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#44 Elevated train tracks at Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn, 1974.

Elevated train tracks at Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn, 1974.

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#45 Children with dog, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 1970.

Children with dog, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 1970.

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#46 Pier with old subway cars in South Brooklyn, 1970.

Pier with old subway cars in South Brooklyn, 1970.

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#47 Parachute jump, Coney Island, Brooklyn, 1970.

Parachute jump, Coney Island, Brooklyn, 1970.

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#48 Manhattan Bridge tower in Brooklyn, New York City, framed through nearby buildings, in June of 1974.

Manhattan Bridge tower in Brooklyn, New York City, framed through nearby buildings, in June of 1974.

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#49 The RKO Bushwick Theater, at the Bushwick/Bed-Stuy border, 1974.

The RKO Bushwick Theater, at the Bushwick/Bed-Stuy border, 1974.

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#50 July 4th Holiday at the Kosciusko Swimming Pool in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant District, July 1974.

July 4th Holiday at the Kosciusko Swimming Pool in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant District, July 1974.

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#51 West Indian parade, Eastern Parkway. Brooklyn, September 1978.

West Indian parade, Eastern Parkway. Brooklyn, September 1978.

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#52 Latin Youths at Lynch Park in Brooklyn, in June of 1974.

Latin Youths at Lynch Park in Brooklyn, in June of 1974.

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#53 Children at Riis Park, a public beach in Brooklyn, July 1974.

Children at Riis Park, a public beach in Brooklyn, July 1974.

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#54 Boys with toy guns on 18th Street, 1971.

Boys with toy guns on 18th Street, 1971.

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#55 Block of brownstone residences in Park Slope of Brooklyn, June 1974.

Block of brownstone residences in Park Slope of Brooklyn, June 1974.

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#56 Fort Greene, across from the park, 1970s.

Fort Greene, across from the park, 1970s.

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