Monday, May 12, 2014

Troutman St & Wyckoff Ave (Then and Now) [2007 and 2014]


I repeat...the street art scene in Bushwick, Brooklyn is strong! As recently as two years ago, these buildings were not so sexy. Here's a then-n-now (courtesy of Google Maps Time Machine and NYC Corners). Note the sophisticated NYPD surveillance mechanism attached to the light post.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Graffiti Truck [East Village] (July 2013)

A shirtless bicyclist rides past a graffiti'd box truck parked in front of Phebe's Tavern & Grill on Bowery and 4th Street. Anyone know anything about "Pope III?"           CLICK TO ENLARGE

Monday, April 7, 2014

"Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York" - Redux!


For years, in bookstores, I've always found myself skimming through the amazing photo book, "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York," by photographers James and Karla Murray. A decade after publishing the book, the Murrays have gone back to re-photograph the same storefronts to highlight how much they've changed (or, stayed the same) over 10 years. (Original photos are from the early 2000s.) Interestingly, I've always planned on doing the same thing (re-photograph the 'best of' NYC Corners) in five or ten years. Here's are some of James' and Karla's more "corner-friendly" samples...

10th St & 2nd Ave, East Village, 2nd Ave Deli

1st St & 2nd Ave, East Village (Mars Bar)


Carmine & Bleecker, Greenwich Village

125th St & Morningside Ave, Harlem

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

109th & 3rd Ave [NE Corner] (March 2014)

An abandoned building in East Harlem, its windows cemented shut with cinder blocks. This stretch of "Spanish Harlem" isn't as bleak as it looks in this photo, though. Especially when New JFK Fried Chicken & Pizza offers "Breakfast-Burgers-Pizza-Seafood-Ice Cream-Soda."     CLICK TO ENLARGE

Friday, March 14, 2014

34th & 5th Ave (Then and Now) [1940 and 2014]


In 1940, the corner building, directly across from the Empire State Building, housed Fine Bros (which Google doesn't seem to know anything about) and Dr. Scholl's Foot Comfort Shop. It also featured some nice 'eyebrow'-like architectural features on the roof line. In the foreground, the "LON" ledge represents the northeast corner of the Empire State Building. A 1940s man appears to be urinating on that ledge. Today, it is home to Heartland Brewery. And, apparently the Fifth Avenue traffic direction has changed from north (1940) to south (2014).  CLICK TO ENLARGE
[Thanks to David Zar @zarpropertyny for sending this 1940 photo]

Here's a bonus photo of the very beginning of the Empire State Building construction in 1930 (from WiredNewYork)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

8th & Avenue D [NW Corner] (February 2014)

Adames Deli Grocery bodega in the East Village, Alphabet City. In the background: A Con Edison smokestack and the Jacob Riis Houses public housing project.     CLICK TO ENLARGE

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Pearl St & Fletcher St [September 2012]

Serving the downtown Manhattan / Financial District area for more than 50 years, Pearl Diner was closed for nearly 6 months after Hurricane / Superstorm Sandy. (This photo was taken a month before the storm). It reopened in March of 2013. Classic Diner. Classic Neon Sign.  CLICK TO ENLARGE

St. Marks & Ave A [SW Corner] (June 2012)

EVGrieve says:  "The Sushi Lounge closed at the end of October ... and eventually relocated a block and a half to the west on St. Mark's Place. Alex Stupak, the chef at Empellón Cocina and Empellón Taqueria, plans to open his third restaurant here."         CLICK TO ENLARGE