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“The Kouwenhoven Farmhouse, the house that my great grandparents occupied from about 1900 until 1925 when the land was sold to developers and Kings Highway was expanded. The figures on the porch were farm hands.”

An old Dutch farm that once stood in Flatlands is gone but not forgotten. A Brownstoner reader sent in never-before-published family photos and stories of life on the farm circa 1900, when his great-grandfather lived there. (more…)

Dinanda Nooney Brooklyn Photos

Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene, May 30, 1978. Photo by Dinanda Nooney

Before Brooklyn was known for being a hip brand and cultural hub, it was known for its blight, its working-class authenticity, its empty streets and its crime.

Photographer Dinanda Nooney was known mainly for her collection of gelatin-print portraits of people in their Brooklyn homes. But Nooney also photographed outdoors. While her intimate photos of local families, bedrooms, kitchens and parlors paint a nuanced portrait of the borough in its disco era, her photos of backyards and streets better reveal Brooklyn’s realness during the time. (more…)

Dinanda Jill Nooney

Dinanda Nooney on October 2, 1970 (left); Jill Nooney on November 2, 2015 (right). Photos via Jill Nooney

The late Dinanda Nooney is not a household name, but many Brooklynites know her photographs. These haunting images of Brooklyn residents in their homes in the 1970s live on in the Brooklyn Public Library online archives.

The gelatin silver images capture borough family life and the era’s style through candid-feeling portraits of parents and children in their bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens.

But despite her thorough documentation of how others lived, her own life remains lesser known. Brownstoner reached out to Dinanda’s daughter Jill Nooney, an artist, to find out more about the prolific photographer. (more…)

Fort Greene Park, yoga class at the east end of the park, summer.

Fort Greene Park, yoga class at the east end of the park, summer.

As Brooklyn bundles up in preparation for the winter, a look back at Joel Meyerowitz’s Legacy project reminds us of the greenery that will return, in time.

A native Bronxite and lifelong New Yorker, Meyerowitz has been capturing the city’s essence since 1962. From the still-burning hole of Ground Zero to Manhattan’s surreal street life, the photographer took a new direction with his 2006 book Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks. (more…)

Truman Capote Powerhouse Memoir

Though he was born in New Orleans and died in Los Angeles, In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s author Truman Capote lived on Brooklyn Heights’ Willow Street for a time during the late 1950s.

This period of his life was documented in a 1958 essay that has now been rejoined with David Attie’s lost photographs of the author in a book titled Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir. (more…)