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There are certain iconic images of Brooklyn: The Manhattan Bridge shot from Front Street in DUMBO or the Wonder Wheel looming over Coney Island. On April 3, Sunset Park native Larry Racioppo will unveil “Brooklyn Interiors,” a show exploring what’s inside Brooklyn landmarks that exposes a side of the borough many have never seen before.

“I’ve been photographing Brooklyn since the 1970s, but this body of work is more recent,” Racioppo told GO Brooklyn. “Some of these buildings, like the Domino Sugar Factory, I had been inside of already, and others I would find a way to get inside.”

Does that mean crawling beneath fences under cover of night?

Racioppo laughed the suggestion off with, “I’m too old and too big [to sneak in].”

Of the 14 photos on display, Racioppo said that his interior shots of the Loew’s King theater (pictured) in Flatbush are his favorite.

“There is so much to photograph inside — it’s all amazing, very dark and haunting in a way,” said Racioppo. “Sometimes things in decline are even more beautiful than when they’re perfect.”

“Brooklyn Interiors” will be on exhibit from April 3 to May 11 at Safe-T-Gallery (111 Front St. at Washington Street, suite 214, in DUMBO). The opening reception is April 3, from 6 pm to 8 pm. For information, call (718) 782-5920 or visit

Updated 4:01 pm, November 10, 2010
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