1940s New York

Williamsburg, 1940:
Williamsburg is one of Brooklyn’s oldest sections and one of the most populous. For the most part it is filled with tenements, particularly in the northern area. Below the Plaza there is a somewhat better residential section. Broadway is the principal general business thoroughfare but fairly large neighborhood trading centers have developed on Grand Street and Division, Bedford, Union and Driggs Avenues. In the eastern section at Scholes Street, there is a tremendous Federal Housing project which has substituted clean modern apartment buildings for several blocks of bad tenements. The waterfront and the northern boundary are industrial.

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