The area at the left of the composite photo with just a few scattered houses in an uneven field will become the Red Hook Ball Fields and recreational area soon after this photo is taken. That same area had been home to a shanty town, which went by several names including 'Tin City" and "Orkenen Sur" which was cleared to make way for the ball fields.
Also very soon to be built, in the area behind the ball fields are the New York City Housing Authority's Red Hook Houses.
The inlet with numerous small launches and lighters is the Henry Street Basin.
The tall building just right of center in the mid ground is the Sapolin Paint Company factory building on Clinton Street between Bush and Lorraine.
The photograph was likely taken from atop the Red Hook Grain Terminal