Tribeca Then & Now: Part 1

We owe Tribeca resident Ivan Kosnyrev a big round of thanks: He sifted through the New York Public Library’s historical photos of the neighborhood on Oldnyc.org, and then he shot the locations as they look now. (Trust me: Then-and-now photos are not as simple as they look.) Let’s start from the south, and of course the diptychs can—and should!—be enlarged by clicking on them. And for more on how to buy copies of historical photos, read this post.

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Chambers, looking west toward Broadway
1928 photo by Percy Loomis Sperr

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Chambers, looking east toward Broadway
1936 photo by Percy Loomis Sperr

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Northwest corner of Chambers and Church
1931 photo by Percy Loomis Sperr

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Northwest corner of Church and Duane
1931 photo by Percy Loomis Sperr

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120 Chambers
1905 photographer unknown

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Chambers, looking east toward Church
1935 photo by Percy Loomis Sperr

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Southeast corner of Chambers and West Street
1936 photo by Berenice Abbott
UPDATE 8/13: The 1936 photo is actually Warren and West.

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Chambers, looking east from West Street
1932 photo by Percy Loomis Sperr

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Harrison, looking east toward Hudson
1936 photo by the W.P.A.

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West side of Hudson, between Harrison and Franklin
1929 photo by Percy Loomis Sperr

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Also in this series:
••• Part 2: Central Tribeca
••• Part 3: Northwest Tribeca

7 Comments

  1. excellent! love these…

  2. Wow. Really fascinating. Is it me or did the streets look cleaner then? It would be hard to believe.

  3. Fantastic! Keep them coming! Thank you for the hard work to do this!

  4. great work! thanks!

  5. Always love these comparisons…both a sign of progress and sometimes a reminder of questionable decision making. Regardless, an important connection to our past.

  6. Thank you! Amazing to see what has changed and what has stayed the same.

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