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.
Can the heart of a neighborhood be captured through photography? A young photographer has tried to do just that by photographing residents of Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
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.
Disco-era Brooklyn is perhaps nowhere captured more intimately than in Dinanda Nooney’s series of photographs documenting 150 homes throughout the borough.
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.
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.
An exhibit on the People’s Playground opening today at the Brooklyn Museum is as colorful and surprising as its subject, Coney Island’s many incarnations, from beach resort to nickel empire and back again.
Coignet Building before Whole Foods was built next door
Perhaps nowhere is nature’s resilience so impressive as in Gowanus, where, despite centuries of human pollution, life still finds a way.
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.
Dogs in costume, residents dressed as The Residents — those are the two with giant eyeballs in place of their heads, above — and plenty of witches, firefighters, vampires and princesses roamed the Brooklyn streets on Saturday.