Tribeca Then and Now: The Unknowns (Part 3)

As I’ve mentioned in the previous roundups of Jane Freeman’s photos from the 1980s and 1990s, many were taken at locations I’ve been unable to identify. Feel free to weigh in, but please don’t just toss out a guess and leave me to verify it. Go to the actual building or street view on Google Maps and see if the photo lines up with what’s there today. N.B. It’s possible that some of these are not Tribeca.

Previously:
••• Franklin Street
••• W. Broadway and Staple
••• South Tribeca
••• Hubert, Collister, Beach, and Ericsson
••• Hudson Street
••• When Hollywood Built a Fake Diner in Tribeca
••• Washington Street and Environs
••• Upper Greenwich Street
••• Lower Greenwich Street
••• The Unknowns (Part 1) / Four remain unsolved
••• The Unknowns (Part 2) / One remains unsolved

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IMAGE #26
Out of the blue, I recognized this as 138 Watts.

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IMAGE #27
From James: “467 Greenwich Street. Image 33 is the same building, a few doors to the south.”

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IMAGE #28
From James: “177 Franklin Street (Shinola).”

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IMAGE #29
From James: “179 Franklin Street (south side east of Greenwich Street).”

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IMAGE #30
From James: “North side of Harrison Street, just east of Greenwich Street.”

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IMAGE #31

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IMAGE #32

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IMAGE #33
From James: See #27. (Normally I’d try to find an exact match today, but Google Maps is misbehaving.)

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IMAGE #34
From James: “Probably 456 Greenwich Street, looking west at the building, at north side of the lot. The wall to the right appears to be the south wall of 458 Greenwich Street.” The second photo is from 2009.

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  1. Image 30 is north side of Harrison Street, just east of Greenwich Street

  2. Image 27 is at 467 Greenwich Street. Image 33 is the same building, a few doors to the south.

  3. Image 29 is 179 Franklin Street (south side east of Greenwich Street)

  4. Image 28 is 177 Franklin Street (“Shinola”).

  5. Image 34 is probably 456 Greenwich Street, looking west at the building, at north side of the lot. The wall to the right appears to be the south wall of 458 Greenwich Street.

  6. I’m not eager to go up against James, but I dunno about #34. In fall 1971 I worked in a tiny office tucked into the north side/wall of 456 Greenwich, and I’m not seeing it (or space for it) in this pic. Also, the glass wall building looming behind on the left would have to be on Washington Street, which also seems off.

    • There are a lot of matching details between the old and newer photo that point to 456 Greenwich.
      -The 4 long thin vertical vent pipes are identical, down to the horizontal metal brace at their midpoint.
      -The short, fatter vertical vent is in the same place (to the rear) relative to those 4 thin lines (under the mailbox in the newer photo.)
      -The brick wall of 458 is under the modern stucco.
      -The manhole cover in the foreground was still there at least shortly before the garage closed.
      -The mandoor to 456 is the same, right down to the electrical conduit above, the window above, and vertical metal edge to the left (at the truck bay) painted yellow in the newer photo.

      The truck is owned by “Apple Fibers Inc.” a firm then in the wastepaper business, with business addresses over time at 444 and 451 Greenwich Street. The wastepaper business was a prominent industry in that area and at 456 Greenwich, prior to its use as a parking garage.

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