This 1919 photo of Delancey Street at the approach to the Williamsburg Bridge shows a messy stretch of tenements, shops, trolleys, and walkers crossing the bridge on foot.
At the time, the bridge was a mere 16 years old.
In 1975, the trolleys and subway stations are gone, as are the crowds. The approach still looks like a mess.
Some of the tenements on the left at Clinton Street are still there, but many have been demolished and replaced by housing projects.
Here’s the same stretch in 2010. It’s still mostly a mess of cars, bargain stores, and a confusing juncture of streets.
But that block of tenements on the left at Clinton Street is still hanging in there.
The first two photos are from New York Then and Now.
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