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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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May 22, 1936. "Warehouse district, Water and Dock Streets, Brooklyn, looking west under Brooklyn Bridge to Lower Manhattan." 8x10 gelatin silver print by Berenice Abbott for the Federal Art Project. View full size.

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Thank you, Bernice

Bernice Abbot took her camera around New York City, stubbornly photographing the marginalized spaces (and occasionally people) that most people ignored. As Craig points out, this area is all spiffy and gentrified now. Thankfully, we have Abbot's record of how this area looked when it was a no-nonsense warehouse area.

80 years later, it's a different DUMBO

I remember this corner from my years wandering around forgotten sections of Brooklyn. The warehouse on the right is now a 2-story shell used as a performance space (St. Ann's Warehouse), and the building that's going up in this picture came down in 2008. The cobblestone streets survived, but the sidewalks got paved. Neat to see it way back when!

Still There

The skyscraper in the foreground on the Manhattan side is now known as "70 Pine Street." It is surprisingly little known, considering it's 900 feet high.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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