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. 


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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4 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 –

  4. Alex Says:

    While researching on the web, I came across this photo. I was stunned!!! If I’m correct the cross street between the buildings on the left side is Madison St. Why am I stunned? As a small child, I lived on the 4th floor of that tenement building located on that corner. I remember looking out the window at night and seeing the colored lights of the tall buildings in the financial section. Also, on the corner of that building was drug store where you can possibly make out the inscription. Along Pike St on the left side was what we call today a “convenience” store. You can’t actually see it because you had to walk downstairs to get in. I used to buy my “Mission” sodas from there. Wow, what memories!!!!

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