The construction boom across the city has this upside: after an old building has been flattened by the wrecking ball, its faded outline remains behind for a little while, before something new and shiny covers it up.
These building phantoms give city streets an eerie vibe; they’re red brick and mason wall palimpsests of another New York. Look at the little chimneys that warmed what looks like a former Federal-style home on Bond Street?
In Downtown Brooklyn, traces of a two-story tenement on the right hint at what kind of residences lined the streets of the independent city in the 19th century.
On East 17th Street in is a reminder of what this Flatiron block looked like when it was all low-rises, not tall lofts.
This corner building in Chelsea must have cut a handsome, sturdy profile. The rooms of the second floor are still outlined too.
Back when Jane Street was just a tiny lane in the village of Greenwich, there was a little house under this steep little roof.