Bustle: Cars and trolleys fill the roads around Flushing Avenue, Graham and Broadway
By Jessica Jerreat
For years it has been a mecca for hipsters, with their music, art and sustainable living ethos, but Brooklyn has long been attracting creative types willing to travel across the world in search of a better life.
A series of photos taken by Life magazine's photographer Ed Clark after the Second World War shows how New York City's most populous borough has supported a thriving community for decades.
Many of the scenes reflect life in Kings Country today. Couples embrace on the beach with the bright lights of Coney Island behind them, roof tops provide the perfect place to chat with friends in the summer, and families gather in Bed-Stuy.
However, the vintage photos show a more family orientated feel compared to today, where an influx of hipsters with their trendy clothes and remarkable facial hair has led to a rash of organic cafes, vintage boutiques, record shops and micro breweries.
'Models, writers, actors, and artists have been flocking to New York’s Left Bank for its destination restaurants, bustling farmers’ markets, Parisian-style parks, and passionate dedication to l’art de vie,' a recent post on vogue.com stated.
However, as this collection of photos from Life and other 1940s photographers shows, the love affair with Brooklyn is nothing new and the borough still has the same power to sustain free-thinking, creative communities.
Rooftop living: Two women make the most of the top of their building as they gossip in the sun
Baby boom: Families fill the street in Sumner Avenue, now Marcus Garvey Boulevard in Bed-Stuy, which is still popular with families
Pop up community: Neighbors chat outside one of the metal huts put up in Canarsie after the Second World War to house about 8,000 veterans and their families
Unchanged: A couple embrace on the beach under the bright lights of Coney Island
The real thing: A gang of boys huddle in front of an advert for Coca-Cola in 1946
Skyline: Manhattan's skyscrapers and buildings can be seen across the water in 1946
City view: Brooklyn Bridge still offers a perfect place to view the city from
Cool off: Members of Brooklyn's Norwegian community escape the July heat with a dip in a Bay Ridge pool
Fun of the fair: Children play on the whirling discs at Coney Island
Well stocked: A storekeeper puts up a sign among the canned goods at Al's Food Market in Dean Street
Trend: Brooklyn has become a mecca for young hipsters in recent years
Arty: Young couples are now drawn to the borough for the music and creative lifestyle it offers