Page 1 of 6 12345 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 80

Thread: NYC Then and Now

  1. #1

    Default NYC Then and Now

    Many years ago before the New York Bound Book Shop was forced out of the AP Building for a "lobby renovation", I picked up a copy of New York Then and Now which was published in 1976 and is now hideously outdated.
    I started a flickr group called NYC Then and Now to document the changes of the city over a long and sometimes a very short period of time.

    Here are some of mine. Feel free to share anything you have here or on flickr.

    Gas station, Fordham Road & Arthur Avenue, the Bronx

    1993


    2007

    Columbus Circle

    1995


    2006


    1995


    2006

    Long Island Rail Road at Woodside, from the 7 train platform

    1990s


    2007

    Astor Place

    1998


    2006

  2. #2

    Default

    The most dramatic change over the years has been that of Columbus Circle and the addition of the Time Warner Center.

  3. #3

    Default

    Fantastic thread. It's just crazy to see the change in all of the pictures, especially the Manhattan skyline in the LIRR picture and definitely Columbus Circle.

  4. #4

    Default

    So much development, in relativly so little time.

  5. #5

    Default

    It's just crazy to see the change in all of the pictures, especially the Manhattan skyline in the LIRR picture

    This is an optical illusion. If you look carefully, you will see the same buildings are in both pictures. It is just that the earlier picture is zoomed and makes the buildings in the second picture appear shorter. Look at each building and you will see they are all there.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

    Default

    For fun I put together these Then & Now shots using pics from the phenomenal RFCGraphics.com - the best modern photographer of NYC.










  7. #7
    NYC Aficionado from Oz Merry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    7,476

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Triborough View Post
    Many years ago before the New York Bound Book Shop was forced out of the AP Building for a "lobby renovation", I picked up a copy of New York Then and Now which was published in 1976 and is now hideously outdated.
    Before the age of the internet, I used to deal with New York Bound quite a lot, and I got my copy of this book from them too .

    Although it doesn't represent NYC today, it's still a fascinating record extending over a long period of time and it's fun to pore over how little and how much things have changed.

    There is also another New York Then and Now book with similarly old "then" photos, but more up-to-date colour "now" photos. There is also a pre 9/11 edition, which I have.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

    Default

    The ultimate Then & Now book is New York Changing:

    http://www.amazon.com/New-York-Chang...5123448&sr=8-1

    Levere painstakingly recreated (in the late 90s early 00s) Abbott's classic 1930s pics not only to the precise angle, but also to the time of day/year. Even the shadows are aligned.
    Last edited by RandySavage; June 15th, 2009 at 11:55 PM.

  9. #9

    Default

    Have it, but the pics posted here I didn't have and they are EXCELLENT. Thanks.

  10. #10

    Default

    Randy, every single last one of your pairs of pics in Post #6 is better in the BEFORE version.

    What does that tell us?

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Far West Village, NYC
    Posts
    927

    Default

    ^ It tells us a lot... and I'm afraid not much of it good.

    I did a couple more:













    Last edited by RandySavage; August 20th, 2009 at 05:05 PM.

  12. #12

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by RandySavage View Post
    ^ It tells us a lot... and I'm afraid not much of it good.
    So why do we keep rooting for the scaleless blockbusters? Why do we cheer Bank of America?

    Why do we like that egregious blue building at the tip of Manhattan? Maybe it would make a good vase, but as a building in context...

  13. #13
    Moderator NYatKNIGHT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Manhattan - South Village
    Posts
    4,240

    Default

    Probably because it's all relative. A building with any form other than another cheap, dreary box is cheered.

  14. #14

    Default

    I see, it's a form of damning with faint praise.

    Or anything that can be faintly praised is cheered.

    A kind of general lowering of standards.

    But then there are masterpieces like Gehry's Beekman Tower; do you notice how traditional his window treatment is: punched holes in a variegated plane?

  15. #15
    Moderator NYatKNIGHT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Manhattan - South Village
    Posts
    4,240

    Default

    Except for one whole side. As beautiful as the rest of the building is I suppose the general lowering of standards allows us to declare a building that towers a completely undistinctive backside over its neighborhood a "masterpiece".

Page 1 of 6 12345 ... LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


Google+ - Facebook - Twitter - Meetup

Edward's photos on Flickr - Wired New York on Flickr - In Queens - In Red Hook - Bryant Park - SQL Backup Software