While the Brooklyn Public Library's photo collection generally includes photos from around 100 years ago, I just discovered that the Brooklyn Historical Society also has a fascinating collection of old photos, except these are from the late 50s into the 1960s. These street views provide a snapshot of a neighborhood that in many ways was still old-school, Italian, and very much "Brooklyn."
Case in point: this photo, taken of the southeast corner of Fifth and President, looking north, in February of 1960. On the corner, a drugstore. Tough to tell what's in the little two-story building next door, but next to that is a fabric store, with a butcher shop next to that.
Today, the corner building is home to a "cat clinic" (and its window display of boarded cats). The building next door has been completely renovated, with a new exterior and a couple floors added, along with a giant skylight roof. Next door to it is a Vietnamese sandwich shop, and next to that is Diana Kane, a jewelry and accessories boutique.
Top photo via BHS.