In the mid-20th century, the BQE and the Promenade transformed the boundary between Brooklyn Heights and the waterfront.
In the early 20th century, Brooklyn was the capital of the coffee business in America.
Governors Island has helped shape the history of New York harbor since the 17th century.
In 1814, Robert Fulton’s steam ferry helped transform Brooklyn from a rural hamlet to a booming city.
Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights looked very different in the 19th century, thanks to 2 small bridges.
Immigrants have lived and worked in neighborhoods near the Brooklyn waterfront for generations.
A house in Brooklyn Heights became a vibrant artistic commune in the early 1940s.
The Brooklyn Bridge was the first structure to connect Brooklyn and New York City.
Brooklyn’s waterfront was once dotted with warehouses storing tons of cargo from all over the world.
Brooklyn’s shoreline has changed drastically over 4 centuries.
In the 19th century, the East River was one of the world’s busiest waterways.
Dangerous and destructive fires occurred frequently along the Brooklyn waterfront.
Longshoremen, boatmen, drivers, clerks, U.S. Customs inspectors and others once labored along Brooklyn’s waterfront.
In the 1810s and 1820s, free African Americans built a thriving community near present-day DUMBO.
Building the Brooklyn Bridge was grueling and dangerous work.