Category Archives: Now & Then

A Pawn Shop and a Fat Men’s Store in 1937

This photo was taken on February 4, 1937 by widely-admired photographer Berenice Abbott. She spent much of the 1930s documenting the rapidly-changing face of New York City. Ordinarily a photo of a seemingly generic storefront wouldn’t have caught my eye. … Continue reading

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A Policeman Near Herald Square in 1896

Staten Island photographer Alice Austen snapped this casual scene of a policeman standing on a cobblestone-sheathed Broadway near West 36th Street in 1896. Behind him, the architectural details of the New York Herald Building are on splendid display. The building, … Continue reading

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A Bryant Park Scene, 1926

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Then & Now: 2110 Amsterdam Avenue, Washington Heights

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Then & Now: De Robertis Pasticceria & Caffe

In my down time, I browse the New York Public Library’s online digital photo archives, looking at old pictures of the city. When possible, I prowl around Google Maps, trying to find the locations of the photos as they appear … Continue reading

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