Then and Now: 8th Street, 6th Avenue

June 14th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

I was blocked by construction from getting the same angle, but it’s pretty close!  I love Bigelow’s, truly love them, but it’s not the most economical place in the village.  But here it is then (undated):


And now.  The big change is the El (elevated subway) is gone.  And the introduction of color gives it a little bit of a “Dorothy landing in Oz” effect.


8th Street, looking west from McDougall then:


And now.  It was bleak then, it’s even bleaker now.


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  1. 7 Responses to “Then and Now: 8th Street, 6th Avenue”

  2. By apingos on Jun 14, 2009

    so often I see before and after shots that are close(some are not even close) Yours are always close to each other is scope. But you absolutely nailed this one! (feels good donit)

  3. By nadine on Jun 15, 2009

    Do you know the dates on the early photos?
    People sure dressed better back then…

  4. By Stacy Horn on Jun 15, 2009

    Thank you, Michael! And no, the pictures were undated, alas. But I agree. People definitely dressed up more in the “olden days.”

  5. By shiftless on Jun 15, 2009

    I find it reassuring that there are so many more trees in the “now” pictures. I wonder when (and why) the pointy thing was built on top of the clock tower–is that a church? a library?

  6. By david on Jun 15, 2009

    Appears to be a 30’s era 4 door sedan in the top picture.

  7. By apingos on Jun 15, 2009

    that “pointy thing” I believe is in the old picture but just like the roof of the church or hall next to it its hard to see.

  8. By Stacy Horn on Jun 16, 2009

    Yeah, it’s there but very hard to see.

    Shiftless, I agree about the trees! Whenever I do these before and afters there’s always more trees which is nice.

    David, I think you’re right about the time. I think it’s the 30’s too.

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