Tribeca Then and Now: South Tribeca

Local artist and writer Jane Freeman has donated a cache of old Tribeca photos—the most recent seem to be from 1990, and most are from earlier—and as you’ll see, the neighborhood was a markedly different place back then. The photos were unlabeled and not in much of an order, so identifying the locations has been a challenge. (This series will end with the unidentifiable ones.) After I had the photos scanned, I realized that they wanted contemporary images for context. I occasionally tried to match Jane’s framing because I liked the comparison; other times, I felt it helped to see more than what she photographed.

Previously:
••• Franklin Street
••• W. Broadway and Staple Street

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54 WARREN

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49 CHAMBERS

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31 CHAMBERS (ELK STREET SIDE)

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22 READE

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22 READE (ELK STREET SIDE)

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8 THOMAS

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70 THOMAS

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70 THOMAS (PART 2)

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JAY STREET

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Previously:
••• Franklin Street
••• W. Broadway and Staple Street

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2 Comments

  1. Except for 70 Thomas St., I’m actually struck by the similarities between photos.

    • One reason is that he didn’t appear to focus on color. I spent years in the late 70’s and early 80’s shooting lower Manhattan industrial architectural abstractions where naive color use was often my focus. When I look at the same buildings today everything is “tasteful” beige and grey.

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