Featuring: Various or Unknown City Appointed Photographers
The NYC Municipal Archives invites you to explore a hundred-year history of the Brooklyn waterfront through photographs dating from 1870 to 1974. Beginning with the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, through a period of intense activity as the center of the city’s maritime-based economy, these images provide us with a fascinating and conversation-provoking view of a radically-changed cityscape. Selected from the largest repository of NYC digitized images in the world, the pictures tell a story of a place now known as Brooklyn Bridge Park. These unique prints, many produced from vintage large format glass-plate negatives, are a key element in visualizing the transition from industrial chaos to urban oasis.
The photographs have been chosen from some of our most significant collections including the Depression-era WPA Federal Writers’ and Art projects (1935-1943) and the City’s Department of Bridges (1901-1939). Our collection of historic images simultaneously shares both NYC history and one of the most culturally impactful technological advancements in history: the camera. Without images, it is almost impossible to visualize the complex layers of Brooklyn and New York City as a whole.
The New York City Department of Records and Information Service’s mission is to foster civic life by protecting, preserving, and providing access to the historical and contemporary records of New York City government, ensuring that city records are properly maintained following professional archival and record management practices, and to make materials available to diverse communities both online, and in person.
A Century on the Brooklyn Waterfront
Featuring: Various Artists
LocationsView Location Details Download a detailed map of this location Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
This location is part of Brooklyn Bridge Park
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