Then and Now: 8th Street, 6th Avenue

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.


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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7 thoughts on “Then and Now: 8th Street, 6th Avenue

  1. 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)

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

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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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