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Before & After - Bowling Green


The above photo is interactive. Drag the yellow handle in the middle to reveal more or less of the before or after image.

It may not be the most impressive, but at nearly 300 years old Bowling Green is the oldest public park in the City. Sitting at the southern-most tip of Broadway, the park offers little more than some benches, a fountain and some history. The park and the fence surrounding it are both on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. 

I thought I would be able to get a good photo that matched the angle of the original 1907 image by standing on the steps of the Custom House. Unfortunately from what I can tell, the original image was shot much further to the left than I was able to get.

Photo source:  Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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Reader Comments (1)

Black and white photos are always more fascinating than colored ones! However, I can see that Bowling Green has a better feature nowadays! Very beautiful photo shots!

August 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCecilia

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