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Slumdogs of New York

Working till they dropped: Mrs Benoit, a Native American widow, sews and beads while smoking a pipe in her Hudson Street apartment, New York City, while right, a dishevelled shoeshine boy named Tommy takes a break from business

PHOTOS: Here Is What Brooklyn Was Like In The Summer Of 1974

a beautiful collection of vintage photos of Brooklyn taken in in the summer of 1974. Photographer Danny Lyon spent two months snapping pictures of the daily life in the borough -- exploring Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Green and Park Slope among other neighborhoods.

“Sept. 21, 1948: A nightmare for the city’s sanitation workers and mysophobes as The Times reported that a “survey of the areas flanking the New York Central Railroad elevated structure along Park Avenue, where Harlem merges with the Upper East Side, revealed side street conditions even more foul than those that can be seen daily by thousands of railroad travelers.” Photo: Arthur Brower/The New York Times