c. 1860, looking north from 9th Street along the east side of 3rd Avenue. The Bread N Cake Bakery can be seen to the right. NYPL Digital Gallery
An overhead view from a similar position as the first photo c. mid-1950's. Note that 172 East 9th Street is still standing nearly 100 years later. Also note long-time business Kamenstein Bros. Hardware on the corner of Stuyvesant St.--Is it coincidental that another paint business was near that site in 1856? By the El, by Lawrence Stelter
Street level, looking east, c. 1895. Although the Bread N Cake Bakery sign no longer appears, the distinctive double-chimney building remains on the left. King's Photographic Views of New York
Looking west, c. 1940. Note the 3rd Avenue El station, the Bible House (center) and the Wanamaker's Building (background). NYPL Digital Gallery
Looking west, c. mid-1950's. Note the striking red brick of the Bible House, and the direct line of sight along Stuyvesant Street through Astor Place. By the El, by Lawrence Stelter
Peeking at physical changes in the East Village (with some occasional history), I apply all my geek powers and talent for time-wasting to researching the history of locations and buildings and other places in my neighborhood that I find interesting.
I hope to add new posts about once a week, and I welcome ideas for topics!