How has the landscape of New York City changed over the last few decades or even century? NYC Grid, is a website that explores and archives photos of New York city neighborhoods, “block-by-block and corner-by-corner,” to find out.
Since moving to NYC seven years ago, Paul Sahner found himself roaming around taking photos and videos, but with no real goals in mind, so he decided to focus that energy into this new site. What makes the effort by Paul so awesome is the Before & After project displayed that features a pair of photos stacked side by side from identical locations, but taken decades or even a century apart. What’s even cooler, on the site, each photo set has a slider in the middle allowing you to move back and forth between seeing larger portions of the old or new views for comparison.
Here is a look at New York City, then and now:
Before & After – 23 Wall Street
Before & After – Bowling Green
Before & After – New York Savings Bank on 14th Street & 8th Avenue
Before & After – Park Avenue and Lever House
Before & After – Sutton Place
Before & After – Racquet and Tennis Club
Before & After – Grand Central Terminal, Ramps
Before & After – Tudor City, 1st Avenue Pedestrian Walkway
Before & After – Park Avenue And The Helmsley Building
Before & After – Grand Central Station
Before & After – Bryant Park
Before & After – Seventh Regiment Armory Building
As you can see, each post on NYC Grid focuses on one block, and according to Paul, “I will attempt to document anything of interest, be it architectural, cultural, or just a good place to get a burrito.” So stay tuned for more updates from this interesting exploration of New York City!