Two views of my apartment building, separated by almost a century:

April 2nd, 1909

April 2nd, 1909

May 4th, 2003

May 4th, 2003

The first picture comes from a print I found at the Columbus Avenue Flea Market this afternoon, making me one of the happiest people walking the streets of New York today. I bought four other prints, as well — one of the intersection of Broadway and 96th Street (taken during the construction of the subway in 1903), one of Columbia University’s Washington Heights campus in 1905 (when there were only five or six buildings on the site), one of Hilltop Park in 1905 (between 165th and 168th Streets on Broadway, the home of the New York Highlanders), and the last of my hospital building in 1931. Leafing through all the historic photos of New York made me remember that there’s a lot from of late 19th- and early 20th-century New York that’s still standing, and it’s what makes this city so amazing to me. I’m going to miss exploring New York’s history when I leave; I guess it’s time to start exporing Boston’s history.

(Update: Anil made a neat animated GIF of the two images.)

Comments and TrackBacks…

• Pinged by anil dash's daily links on May 4, 2003, 4:48 PM

Wow. What a find!
Don’t worry though, Boston has plenty of interesting history to explore.

• Posted by: Jake on May 4, 2003, 6:37 PM

OK, that’s just about one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. I needed that. (Onco sucks, day 2)

• Posted by: Morrill on May 6, 2003, 8:00 PM

That’s pretty staggering… I’m amazed.


• Posted by: Steven Farmer on May 19, 2003, 8:28 PM
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