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Before & After - Orchard Street, Chinatown


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There used to be a time when phone booths offered a valuable utility to denizens of the city. Now, more often than not they're simply a vehicle for advertising, with the receiver covered in stickers reading "NO DIAL TONE". As these vestiges of a time past continue to die an incredibly undignified death, it's nice to look back at a time when they were not only thriving, but styled uniquely for the neighborhoods they were in.

Photo source: Tom Riggle, Flickr

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The 1968 picture is Mott Street towards Chatham Square, from Park (now Mosco) Street. The 2013 picture is indeed Orchard Street, looking south from Hester Street, but it wasn't Chinatown in 1968. Also, the traffic in both pictures go in opposite directions...

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAllan Chin

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