Time traveling to Henry and Pike Streets

Berenice Abbott took this 1936 photo. What wonderful details: the old street lamp far off on the right, the corner drugstore sign on the left, rubbish (or mud?) beside the curb, and a horse being lead down Madison Street a block away.

And of course, there’s the Manhattan Bridge, looming like an apparition. 

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With the exception of the bridge, this corner looks very different today.

The rickety tenements casting all those noirish shadows have been knocked down, partially replaced by the institution-like Rutgers Houses. Pike Street is much wider and has a few trees. 

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3 Responses to “Time traveling to Henry and Pike Streets”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    The first picture looks so romantic, even though I know it’s not, while the second looks so utilitarian…rather very ugly.

  2. Nabe News: August 25 - Bowery Boogie | A Lower East Side Chronicle Says:

    [...] Looking south on Pike Street circa 1936.  That stretch of real estate looks mighty different these days.  Check out the comparison [Ephemeral NY] [...]

  3. me Says:

    wow – thats crazy how much its changed…seemingly not for the better IMO -

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