Before & After - Mott Street
Friday, August 30, 2013 at 8:00AM
Paul Sahner in Before & After, Best, Chinatown, Civic Center, Five Points, Manhattan


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For more than 100 years Mott Street has been the unofficial Main Street of New York's Chinatown. And based solely on these photos all that seems to have happened in those 100 years is the installation of a crosswalk light. Other than that, the block is startlingly unchanged. The majority of the buildings on the west side of the street remain with only a few new coats of paint and some new windows. Even the brand new stuff like the shiny Citibank building on the east side loosely mirrors the original building with its wrap-around signage.

Photo source:  Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection.

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