Today I Go Now and Then Crazy

I’m doing a bunch of these today and then I’m done with “then and now” for a while. First up is my block in 1937. So much is unchanged in my neighborhood. The biggest different between then and now seems to be trees.


The trees are blocking the view of the buildings that are virtually unchanged.
I am pointing out the ones that stood out for me.


This is St. Luke’s on Hudson Street. I didn’t write down the dates, it’s either the late 20’s or early 30’s.

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The interesting thing here is, the church was mostly destroyed in a fire in 1981. This is the rebuilt church. But look how unchanged this section of the block is.

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Another shot of St. Luke’s.


St. Luke’s today.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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4 thoughts on “Today I Go Now and Then Crazy

  1. Yes, it is remarkably unchanged.

    St Luke’s is a beautiful parish. Even though they sit on a fortune in real estate they remain true to their mission – serving their community.

    My kid was a choir boy there. He told me that some guy goes up in tower and rings the bell every time you hear it tolling.

    Our neighborhood is valued for it’s charm but many of the newbies to the city like to complain about preservation efforts.

    I hope Andrew Berman runs for City Council.

  2. Really enjoyed your then and now posts 🙂 One of my favourite memories of my trip to New York was taking the double decker tour. Cheesy I know, but it allows one to look at the upper floors of buildings, the ornate details and archetechture without bumping into people (which always happens if you are looking up while walking along the sidewalk!).

  3. Thanks for the feedback about the Then and Now posts!

    Michael, I think you must mean the ginkgo trees. They look like trees from another planet and are all over the place here.

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