Sunset Park

Photos by Paul Frangipane

A view of Manhattan framed through the trees of the 25-acre Sunset Park, the neighborhood’s namesake.

St. Michael’s Church seen from the park. The landmarked building on Fourth Avenue is a Sunset Park staple with its dome seen reaching into the sky from blocks away.

A skater in the middle of a trick in front of the landmarked Sunset Play Center in the park off Seventh Avenue. The center holds several amenities including one of Brooklyn’s few outdoor pools.

Renamed Finlandia Street to honor the neighborhood’s history of Finnish settlers in the 1880s and 1890s, 40th Street marks an area of Sunset Park once known as “Finntown.”

A sign on the side of Our Lady of Perpetual Help gives directions in multiple languages. As well as regular church service, the building is a meeting place for activity from the neighborhood’s immigrant community, including an organization that provides immigration legal services.

In the neighborhood’s Chinatown on Eighth Avenue, a man repairs a shoe from his sidewalk business. Chinese residents were made welcome to the area during the 1980s and 1990s when local real-estate agents put ads for homes in Chinese newspapers, drawing residents from Manhattan’s Chinatown to Brooklyn.

A little girl enjoys a snack while her mother shops at a local market.

A Puerto Rican flag waves on a clothesline near Fifth Avenue. Puerto Rican immigrants filled the homes and jobs of many of Sunset Park’s older residents when they moved to the suburbs after World War II. Now around Fourth and Fifth avenues the streets are reminiscent to scenes of out of Latin America.

A boy sips a drink with a bag of Duros in his hand as a dog pants in the spring heat. Duros, a puffed wheat Mexican snack, can be found sold on the street throughout the neighborhood.

Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park was renamed Cinco de Mayo Place on May 7, 2017.

The Metropolitan Detention Center, often referred to as the MDC, is a federal prison on the Sunset Park waterfront. The prison that often holds terrorists, mobsters and international drug traffickers, neighbors Industry City, a large development along the waterfront.

The 35-acre, 16-building Industry City development has cemented its place in the news for its rapid development with hundreds of companies in its industrial warehouse spaces. The site was originally called the Bush Terminal but in an attempt to bring strength back to the economically declining area, it was renamed Industry City in 1960.

Between the complex’s warehouse buildings, businesses including multiple new restaurants pop up along the cobblestone roads.

Riders exit a ferry onto the Brooklyn Army Terminal pier. Opened in June 2017, the ferry brings travelers out to Rockaway or north to Manhattan.

Deactivated in the 1970s, the Brooklyn Army Terminal reopened in 1987 as a center for light industry.

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