Way back when, I asked/begged you to send me any photos you had of Tribeca back in the day, by which I meant from the 1990s and before. Some people contributed, but I planned on asking again (and again, and again…). And then I came across Yvonne Babineaux’s awesome cache of photos from the 1980s, and it took me weeks to do then-vs.-now comparisons. And in that time, more old photos trickled in. Rather than continue to nag at you, I figured it’s time to run what we’ve got.
I couldn’t accept ones where the sender didn’t have the rights, and if any slipped through, please let me know so I can remove them. And if you have any images, let me know! I’ll happily take them to be scanned. I’m at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s start with El Internacional, the restaurant on W. Broadway where El Teddy’s once stood. This is from Jose Morales. (Note: Most get bigger, so click on them!)
Here’s a fascinating shot of N. Moore between West and Greenwich, circa 1975. The sender wished to remain anonymous. UPDATE: See Robert’s comment about how this appears to actually be shot from Hubert.
In 2006—not that long ago, but long enough—Janet Goldner documented the demolition of the wonderful Marine Midland Bank building where the Smyth now stands.
“I shot the attached picture from our roof on Duane Street in the summer of 1976,” said Laurie Spiegel of the photo below, which is huge, so definitely click on it. (She shot it on slide film and then used a copy machine—back in the day—to make a print; hence the not-so-modern quality.) “It looks west from our roof on the north side of Duane Park toward the Hudson. You can see people enjoying the summer day on their roofs, the old elevated West Side Highway, the vacant and parking lots that later became Whole Foods, the school and Washington Market Park.”
Joan Pantzer, who owned the Towers Cafeteria (where the Odeon is now) emailed two photos of the restaurant, as well as one from the 1930s of the Western Union Building at 60 Hudson with the elevated railway on the W. Broadway side.
Finally, Wayne Burkey of Sotheby’s International Realty, sent over photos of the Washington Market area (where he grew up) in the spring and summer of 1970. First, an exposed wall on Washington Street:
The Jonas Wood House, one of several Federal houses moved from Washington to Harrison (with the World Trade Center in the background):
Thanks to everyone who sent photos! And please do email any photos of old Tribeca to me at email@example.com. I’ll even come over and borrow prints in order to scan them (carefully and lovingly!).
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