Our best photos of 2019
2019: Year in Review
A lot happened in Brooklyn this year — from environmental policies to infrastructure changes to housing reform. We’ve wrapped up the key pieces for you in “2019: Year in Review.”
As we try every day to tell the stories of Brooklyn, the imagery plays a crucial role. Photography — of the big, public events and the small, personal moments — is central to enhancing our reporting. Now, with 2020 fast approaching, the Brooklyn Eagle has put together a list of our favorite photographs from this year.
Some of these photos tell the story of this year’s biggest headlines. The city moved forward with its plan to close the violence-plagued Rikers Island. An energized movement of tenant activism ended in sweeping rent reform in Albany. Students marched in support of government action on the climate crisis. Communities grappled with the effects of gutting gun violence in the borough.
Some of them, though, tell the smaller stories of what makes Brooklyn — at the risk of being 100 percent cliché — Brooklyn. Students studying fashion through the Brooklyn Public Library put on a runway show honoring the Herero women of Namibia and their Victorian-style dresses. Emerging musicians at NYCHA’s Tompkins Houses hosted a concert on a revamped basketball court. Brooklynites came out in nipple pasties galore to the borough’s weirdest — and one of its most beloved — events of the year: the Mermaid Parade.
These are our favorite photos from the past 12 months, shown chronologically so that you can watch the year in replay through the lenses of our talented photographers. — Sara Bosworth
Despite the controversy and fragmentation that marked the Women’s March movement this year, thousands of women took to the streets in New York City on Jan. 21 with a message that was supported across the board: stand up for gender and minority rights. Kate Murray, who attended the Women’s March Alliance march on the Upper West Side, called the division of the marches “disappointing.”
A frigid week without heat or electricity inside Sunset Park’s huge Metropolitan Detention Center drew hundreds of detainees’ loved ones, activists and local leaders. The protesters outside condemned the “inhumane” conditions inside the federal facility, which houses 1,600 inmates and pretrial detainees.
After a white supremacist killed 50 people inside two New Zealand mosques, congregants of Makki Masjid in Ditmas Park left their congregational prayer that Friday to a crowd of people of all faiths waiting outside in solidarity.
After Councilmember Kalman Yeger tweeted that “Palestine does not exist,” about 20 protesters gathered outside his Borough Park office to call for his resignation. They were met by approximately 200 supporters.
Tenants across the city fought for improvements to their homes this year. In April tenants of Joseph Popack — who owns 46 buildings in Crown Heights, Brownsville, Flatbush and East Flatbush — pushed for a response from their building manager roughly two months after they delivered a 150-signature petition requesting a meeting.
A blockbuster crowd packed a church in Brooklyn Heights to hear proposals for the replacement of a crumbling 1.5-mile section of the BQE. Every one of historic Plymouth Church’s 1,000 seats was filled, and additional attendees were crowded four deep at the back.
Family, friends and neighbors of Saheed Vassell, who was shot and killed by police officers in 2018, took to the streets in Crown Heights in remembrance of his death. “The first thing the NYPD did was blame him for his own death,” said Lorna Vassell, Saheed’s mother.
Students of BKLYN Fashion Academy, ranging in age from 17 to over 60, paid homage to the Herero women of Namibia and their Victorian-style dresses, incorporating wearable technology into their designs in a meld of past and future, in a runway show at Brooklyn Public Library.
Jonathan Lopes kicked off his first solo LEGO art exhibition at Downtown Brooklyn’s City Point. The show was comprised of about 30 New York structures like the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, City Hall and Grand Central Terminal. The oldest structure was this one, the Manhattan Bridge. He created it in 2011.
Sherry Roberson prepares to boil a pot of water on the hot plate NYCHA provided for her. She cooks for a four-person family. Roughly 60 families in the Red Hook Houses had their gas turned off on Feb. 13, and demanded reimbursements from the city.
This year’s Mermaid Parade saw hundreds of thousands of people descend upon Coney Island for the annual event, an eccentric celebration of art and summer.
The 43rd annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks returned to south of the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time since 2014, with more than 70,000 shells from four barges and 100 spots on the bridge itself.
Najaee Scott performs at the graduation ceremony for From Blocks to Beats, a program at Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Tompkins Houses that teaches young people about producing and performing music.
Kids across the city went back to school, and the Brooklyn Eagle asked them what they were looking forward to most in the coming year. Sandra, age 5, said, “I’m going to be nice to everybody and make a lot of friends.”
An estimated 150 people gathered by a Sheepshead Bay mural on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, to honor its victims and heroes with a candle-light vigil. The organizers vow to keep the yearly vigils going. “As long as I’m breathing and alive, there will be a memorial,” one said.
The City Council held a public hearing on the plan to close Rikers Island and build four new borough-based jails. The plan ended up passing. Pictured here: a member of advocacy group Just Leadership USA.
Brooklyn students came out thousands strong to demand action against the climate crisis as part of a global strike on Friday that filled New York’s streets with the voices of the city’s youth.
A man makes his way dancing down Eastern Parkway at the West Indian Day Parade. The parade, and the preceding J’Ouvert celebration, turned Crown Heights into a massive celebration of Caribbean culture on Labor Day weekend.
Javon and Kaywonda Banks embrace at the Otisville Correctional Facility, where Javon is incarcerated for a murder he committed at 16. Kaywonda’s visits to her husband are made more complicated by the fact that New York state does not provide transportation from cities to prisons, meaning she has to find her own way.
After a woman selling churros was arrested at the Broadway Junction station, advocates demanded the city curb what they describe as overly zealous policing of the subway system — starting with the way it deals with vendor permits. Here, Maria Marin, a tamale vendor, yells at police of the 33rd Transit District.
More than 1,000 mourners streamed onto a Williamsburg street to pay their final respects to two of the civilian victims of the Jersey City shooting. The crowd carried the bodies of the dead through the street.
Leave a Comment
Leave a Comment