GVSHP has partnered with the free Urban Archive App over the past year to share our historic image archive via this location-based tool. As part of this partnership, we conducted scavenger hunts in the East Village and Greenwich Village, and created guided walking tours of the Bowery and Meatpacking District.
Now we’re sharing the opportunity to create historic photo recreations, placing historic images and contemporary images of the same location side by side using the Urban Archive app. Simply click the “recreate” icon in the top right corner of any photo and line up the past with the present.
We want to see your recreations! When you take a photo, share it on Instagram, and tag @gvshp_nyc. The photo with the most engagements by noon this Friday, October 26th, will win a copy of GVSHP’s book, Greenwich Village Stories. Below are a few examples.
The image on the left of Washington Square Arch at night was taken before 1 Fifth Avenue was built in 1927. See the full original here.
The next recreation is on Park Row across from City Hall. On the left of the historic image is the NY Tribune Building. When built by Richard Morris Hunt in 1875 it was the second tallest building in New York. It was demolished in 1966 for 1 Pace Plaza. See the full original here.
The next photo is one of many taken by Carole Teller in the NoHo East Historic District. It was taken on the Bowery in 1980. On the left is 312 Bowery aka 2 Bleecker, built in 1868. On the north side of Bleecker is 1 Bleecker, designed by prominent architects David and John Jardine and built in 1869.
The next photo was taken by Carole Teller on the northeast corner of 4th Street and 2nd Avenue. In this photo and the next, the old phone booths have been replaced by WiFi links.
This Carole Teller photo was taken in the mid-1980s on 2nd Avenue looking west between 4th and fifth streets. I can’t remember the last time I have seen anyone using a pay phone.