Through much of the 20th century, Brooklyn’s waterfront was home to one of the most important commercial shipping centers in the world. 

Feininger, Andreas. Stevedores unloading a ship on the Brooklyn waterfront, New York City. 1946. New-York Historical Society.

William D. Hassler. Brooklyn docks with ship and grain elevators. undated (ca. June 1917). New-York Historical Society.