The Brooklyn Bridge, Ebbets Field, Coney Island, they’re all here, Brooklyn the way it was. Hundreds of vintage images, many made from glass plate negatives. This collection of authentic pictures documents the street life, residents, buildings, businesses in Brooklyn from an era gone by. Among the neighborhoods highlighted are Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, and Flatbush. Browse our gallery, or search by keywords to find the perfect vintage photo for your Brooklyn home or office. For help sourcing an image from our extensive collection call 888-250-8956.
Construction on the Manhattan Bridge began in 1901, and it opened to the public on December 31, 1909. In this black and white photo, taken from Main Street, in Brooklyn, on March 23, 1909, we see it nearing completion. Both towers are up and the span between them is under way. The Manhattan Bridge was the last of the bridges connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Looking westward across the East River from the Brooklyn shore beneath the Manhattan Bridge in the mid-1950s, one could see the Manhattan skyline from the Lower East Side to Midtown. Today there are more highrises along Manhattan's eastern shore, but the apartment houses on the Lower East Side are still there, and the Empire State Building is still visible, although it no longer towers above it neighbors.
Women freight-handlers at the docks of the Bush Terminal, Brooklyn. During World War II, male laborers places at the Brooklyn wharves were being filled by women. Here, instead of Rosie the Riveter, we have the "Longshoregirls."
Remember the opening of Welcome Back Kotter with the shot of the sign that reads, "Brooklyn, 4th Largest City in America"? Well, what was true in the 1970s was also true in the turn of the Twentieth Century. Seen from the top of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1909, Brooklyn is clearly a thriving industrial metropolis, a worthy companion to her sister across the river. Had the five boroughs not consolidated into Greater New York in 1898 and remained independent cities, Brooklyn would today be the largest of them.
In this black and white photo from the spring of 1908, we look east beneath the Fulton Avenue Elevated Railroad at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue. Passengers wait to board several streetcars. Men are engaged in construction.
In this black and white photograph, taken on June 15, 1938, a marching band is playing at Ebbets Field before the start of the first historic night game. The Brooklyn Dodgers lost to the Cincinnati Reds. Johnny Vander Meer pitched his second consecutive no hitter that night, making certain this game was one for the record books.
Look carefully at the man in the suit, who is approaching a couple of the Brooklyn Dodgers in this photo of the historic first night game ever played at Ebbets Field. Could it be Babe Ruth? He's certainly built like the Bambino. Plus, we know the Babe was at this game. He drew a large enough crowd that Larry MacPhail noticed and made him an offer of $15,000 a year to coach first base.
The Brooklyn Dodgers loss to the Cincinnati Reds on June 15, 1938 was historic for two reasons. The game was played at night, for the first time ever at Ebbets Field. The game was also the second consecutive no-hitter pitched by the Red's Johnny Vander Meer. In this photo, you can see the beaten Dodgers heading back to their dugout, while photographers walk onto the field.
In this old black and white photograph, taken on June 15, 1938, fans and photographers rush onto the field following the historic first night game at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. The body language of the Dodgers in the foreground make it evident they lost. Johnny Vander Meer pitched his second consecutive no-hitter on this night, making certain this baseball game was one for the history books.
The Brooklyn Dodgers take the field in the second night game ever played in their beloved Ebbets Field. On the extreme right of this black and white image, we see the great Babe Ruth suited up as the Dodgers' first base coach. Ruth signed on three days earlier for $15,000 per year, anxious just to be back in the game and, he hoped, have a shot at managing the Dodgers the following season. Leo Durocher, long time "frenemy" from their Yankee days, ultimately took the helm of the Brooklyn team.