Downtown Brooklyn

Photos by Paul Frangipane

Downtown Brooklyn’s Borough Hall basks in the setting sunlight. The building was completed in 1849 as the first building in Brooklyn to be a true civic center.

When tables and chairs aren’t set up in the park in front of the building, plaza goers kick back on Borough Hall’s steep steps.

The statue of clergyman and abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher was dedicated in 1891 by sculptor John Quincy Adams Ward. Looking past the statue the Manhattan Bridge can be seen in the background.

With Downtown Brooklyn being the hub for the borough’s courthouses, Brooklyn Supreme Court, Civil Term sits in the same park as Borough Hall. A statue of Christopher Columbus is presented in front of the courthouse.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse on Cadman Plaza East shares the building with the U.S. Post Office’s Brooklyn Central Office and offices for the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

The U.S. federal courthouse for the Eastern District of New York. Historical cases have and continue to be tried inside its courtrooms, including alleged Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, innumerable organized crime family members and international terrorists.

This atrium of the federal courthouse was included in renovations that were completed in 2006.

The field at Cadman Plaza Park is frequented by kids and adults alike, often playing soccer or football.

A man and woman juggle together in the park.

The Brooklyn War Memorial in Cadman Plaza Park is dedicated to more than 300,000 Brooklyn residents who served in World War II.

A sign at Tillary Street directs people to popular destinations around the downtown area.

With Brooklyn Supreme Court, Criminal Term and Brooklyn Criminal Court close by, New York City Department of Correction buses can often be found on the streets transporting inmates to court.

The New York Marriott Brooklyn opened in 1998 on Jay and Adams streets, standing as a symbol to the borough’s renewal.

Filled with daily workers, restaurant goers and shoppers, Downtown Brooklyn crowds can be similar to the Manhattan streets at certain hours.

Brooklyn Law School across the street from Borough Hall.

The lively Fulton Mall is filled with various shops and sidewalk sales.

The mall’s street is often owned by pedestrians, cyclists and buses.

The owner of an informational sidewalk stand engages a passerby.

On Duffield Street, renamed Abolitionist Place in 2007, was the home of Thomas and Harriet Truesdell and an Underground Railroad sanctuary for fugitive slaves in pre-Civil War days.

Four landmarked homes on Duffield Street provide a contrast to the neighborhood’s rapid development of skyscrapers.

The landmarked Dime Savings Bank that was built in 1907 is surrounded by a construction site as Brooklyn’s soon-to-be tallest skyscraper will rise behind it at 1,066 feet.

Junior’s at Flatbush and DeKalb avenues opened in 1929 and is most famous for its iconic cheesecake.

More and more skyscrapers are rising in Downtown Brooklyn, changing the borough’s skyline. The new high-rises, often luxury apartment buildings, began popping up after rezoning in 2004.

The City Point building, left, houses a new shopping mall, movie theater and food market while the Brooklyn Point building aimed at offering apartments is quickly rising next to it.

The DeKalb Market Hall opened in June 2017 with 40 food vendors including the famous Katz’s Deli.

One Metrotech Center, holding multiple large businesses, is part of the 16-acre Metrotech complex of new and renovated buildings and green space that have brought thousands of jobs to Downtown Brooklyn.

The former Bridge Street Methodist Church in Metrotech is now called the Wunsch Building of New York University Tandon School of Engineering. The building with history dating back to 1847 was the first independent black church in Brooklyn and a stop on the Underground Railroad.

The landmarked Brooklyn Fire Headquarters on Jay Street built in 1892 functioned as an active firehouse until the 1970s.

Downtown Brooklyn holds 13 subway lines, providing ample transportation to anywhere in the city and drawing residents to the area.

The entrance of the Brooklyn Municipal Building is often filled with residents socializing, relaxing and checking the wares of sidewalk sales.

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