Although Brighton Beach began as a resort attracting throngs of pleasure seekers, it never became the spectacle that was Coney Island. In later years, although beset with its own troubles, it remained a retreat for the weary city dweller on a summer's day.
Between the Gowanus Canal and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway lies an oasis of quiet streets with long gardens fronting handsome brownstone row houses.
The West Indian Carnival that takes place every year on Labor Day on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn is probably the city's largest public celebration.
Farmland, an industrial center, a magnet for artists, home to one of the largest Hasidic communities in the United States--Williamsburg has been all of these and more. Find out about this neighborhood and others in "Our Brooklyn!"
A selection of photographs of Williamsburg's Hasidic community.