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This Is What Brooklyn Looked Like Before The Hipster Invasion

There's a whole generation who thinks of Brooklyn, New York as the Hipster capital of the U.S., a place where the artsy and pretentious gather to discuss how cool they are over craft cocktails.

But Brooklyn was originally a working class neighborhood, and by the 70s the jobs were gone and the "fourth largest city in America" had so much crime, poverty and violence the streets were crackling with negative energy.

The Blackout of 1977, the Son of Sam murders committed by Brooklyn native David Berkowitz, the Mafia wars spilling over onto the streets- these are just some of the things that went down in Brooklyn back in the day.

Troubles in Brooklyn kept on keeping on well into the 90s, as the next deadly decade was ushered in with the Crown Heights riot of 1991.

And even though the Hipsters would have you believe they've always been in Brooklyn they tend to stay in the Williamsburg area because Bushwick and Bed-Stuy are still pretty gritty.

See 29 Photos Of Brooklyn Before The Hipsters Invaded here


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