by Kevin Walsh

I won’t go nuts with the NYC Department of Records photos — in FNY, I have always relied on new photos taken by me — but it’s hard to resist sometimes, like this shot of the Bowery north of Canal in 1930. A few of the buildings across the street might still be there, but they all now have new entrances and vinyl signs that cover up anything that might link them to the old photo. The elevated line was part of the Third Avenue El, which was torn down in Manhattan in 1955 and in the Bronx in 1973.

And best of all, there’s this unclassifiable lamppost — not Corvington, not bishop crook, not Type F. The city often installed shorter lampposts of wildly different designs under els, which were more numerous then.




serene white December 11, 2012 - 11:09 am

Love your site. Born & raised in NY, but now live in AL. Do u hv any footage or photos of Hurricane Sandy?

Someone January 20, 2013 - 7:32 pm

Love NYC too, but this isn’t “recently destroyed” NY, this is “forgotten NY”, so there likely won’t be any photos of Hurricane Sandy.

Kevin Walsh January 21, 2013 - 12:20 am

Besides, I’m not going to exploit the victims of Sandy by making the ruins into FNY fodder.


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