Ephemeral New York

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Description: Chronicling an ever-changing city through faded and forgotten artifacts.

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August 19th
The neighborhood surrounding St. Mark’s Church on Second Avenue and 10th Street owes its charm to the descendants of the Stuyvesant family. These were the great-great grandsons and granddaughters of Petrus Stuyvesant, the director-general of New Net… Continue Reading
August 19th
What’s more inspiring than an old color postcard of the Brooklyn Bridge? An old color postcard of this “eighth wonder of the world,” as it was called on its opening day in May 1883, at night—with the city skyline and the lights of … Continue Reading
August 12th
In 1925, Edward Hopper likely went up to the roof of his studio at 3 Washington Square North to complete this painting of the top two stories of an old building. He ultimately titled it “Skyline, Near Washington Square.” “The brownstone&… Continue Reading
August 12th
The orange building in the middle of the photo below, 65 Mott Street, looks like an ordinary Manhattan tenement. It lacks a cornice, sure, and a renovation at some point in its history has erased any ornamental features on the facade. But that’s no … Continue Reading
August 12th
The taxi-choked traffic hasn’t changed much in the 48 years since a Dutch traveler named Hans Ketel snapped this photo while on a road trip across the United States. But 32nd Street and Sixth Avenue, just south of Herald Square, is a very different … Continue Reading