IMAGES FROM THE PROSPECT PRESS: Brooklyn Photographs of the 1980s

For five years during the 1980s, I documented the changing face of some of Brooklyn’s most enduring communities. As the staff photographer and editor of the Prospect Press, a local newspaper of the time, I produced an in-depth record of neighborhood life, local politics, development battles and portraits of the characters and personalities of the era.

These images now appear as if discovered in a time capsule. The newspaper they were produced for, defunct since 1987 and unsearchable on the internet, exists only in the memories of long-time Brooklynites.

They are a chronicle of old neighborhoods where people of diverse backgrounds lived side by side, families passing their turf down to the next generation. But as the brownstone revival took hold, row houses and tenements on formerly neglected blocks suddenly became hot properties. For many, the pressure of change was too strong. From the front lines of that scene, I was able to connect with many of the ethnic and social groups that staked a claim to this part of the city and who were being pushed out by changes that are still occurring today.

Walkout at John Jay High School

Police Night Out, Prospect Park

Steve DiBrienza, Democratic primary victor

They love Governor Cuomo in Flatbush

Theodore Roosevelt Republican Club

Hanging out on Fourth Avenue

Tom Knight, Official Brooklyn Baseball Historian

The Wildmen of the South Slope

Kano, graffiti artist from Greenpoint

They say their landlord is trying to squeeze them out of their Garfield Place walkup

The Maceteros of Sunset Park

A mysterious flood forced them out of their apartment

Brooklyn Women’s Martial Arts

Reunion, Old Manual Training High School

Mayor Koch gets earful, Windsor Terrace

Irish American Parade Committee, South Slope

Evening prayer, Sunset Park youth home

Newsstand owner forced to leave after 40 years

Not happy about the way things are going

Fracas on 15th Street — water pipe breaks

Anti-development demo in Windsor Terrace

Anti-crack demo in Sunset Park

Not in Williamsburg if they can help it

The Seventeenth Street Brooklyn Association