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Williamsburg before it was “Williamsburg”

A look at the North Brooklyn neighborhood in the 1940s

July 13, 2014 12:00PM

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Williamsburg in the 1940s

WEEKENDEDITION Before Williamsburg was overrun by hipsters, gentrified and, most recently, invaded by finance bros, it was a quiet, working-class neighborhood. In fact, based on archival images of Williamsburg in the 1940s via Curbed, the North Brooklyn nabe seems better suited for a Jimmy Stewart movie, than a hip bastion of septum piercings and bulldogs. Check out the old-timey photos below. 5a07484r 5a07485r 5a07486r 5a07487r 5a07529r 5a07530r

[Curbed]Christopher Cameron

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