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