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My favorite park, today and 79 years ago today!

Top Photo:
Washington Square, Looking North (April 16, 1936)
photo by Berenice Abbott source

Bottom Photo:
Washington Square Park, Looking North (April 16, 2015)
photo by Carina Zimmerman

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This picture was taken by one of my favorite photographers, Berenice Abbott, 76 years ago today!

View of Lenox Avenue, Harlem, at 135th Street, showing businesses, pedestrians and shoe-shine stand.
March 23, 1939 by Berenice Abbott

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Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn Heights
January 21, 1978 by Dinanda Nooney

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Billie’s Bar, 56th Street and First Avenue, Manhattan
Taken December 8, 1936 by Berenice Abbott

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This photo of the Stoddard Theater on the Upper West Side was taken 81 years ago today! The theater, located on Broadway and West 90th, opened as the “Standard Theater” in 1914 and was renamed “Stoddard Theater” when it turned into a movie theater in 1919. On this day in 1933, the marquee advertised Spencer Tracy and Colleen Moore in The Power and the Glory and movie ticket prices were 10 cents for children and 20 cents for adults!  The Stoddard Theater closed in 1956 and the building (2431 Broadway) was demolished in 1986.

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Foundation of Woolworth Building on October 6, 1911 (103 years ago today!)

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Washington Square Park, 1900 source
Bottom:
Washington Square Park, 2014

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Top Photo:
Orchard Street from Rivington, Looking North (1898)
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Bottom Photo:
Orchard Street from Rivington, Looking North (June 6, 2014)
photo by Carina Zimmerman

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Saturday Afternoon in Central Park (June 26, 1909) by Power O’Malley for Harper’s Weekly
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Harlem Street: II. 422-424 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan (June 14, 1938) by Berenice Abbott
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For more photos of 1930s NYC, check out my “NYC Nostalgia: Favorite Photos from the 1930s” post.

Francis Luis Mora, 1914

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 Jay Street, No. 115, Brooklyn (May 22, 1936) source

I love this photo taken 78 years ago today by American photographer Berenice Abbott.
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Williamsburg Bridge, South Eighth and Berry Streets, Brooklyn {April 28, 1937}- 77 years ago today!

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Top Photo:
Work in Roadway, Blackwell’s Island Bridge (1907)
photo from The Library of Congress

Bottom Photo:
Queensboro Bridge, NYC (April 17, 2014)
photo by Carina Zimmerman

I love the top photo of men working on the Queensboro Bridge in 1907!  Today, I photographed a similar view while driving across the bridge with a friend.  The bridge was constructed between 1901 and 1909.  When it opened in June of 1909, it was called the Blackwell’s Island Bridge in dedication to the East River Island over which the bridge travels.   Blackwell’s Island is now known as Roosevelt Island and, today, the bridge can go by several names:  The Queensboro Bridge, The 59th Street Bridge, or the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (renamed in 2010). Keep reading to see the photos from 1907 and 2014 enlarged!

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Left Photo:
Prince Street between Mercer Street and Greene Street (Post Office)
(1976 by Roy Colmer)

Right Photo:
Apple Store on Prince Street, NYC
(March 2014 by Carina Zimmerman)

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