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NYC Grid is a photo blog dedicated to exploring New York block-by-block and corner-by-corner. Each post covers a new street or feature with a focus on the mundane and ephemeral.

  

Entries in Bowling Green (3)

Monday
Jan062014

Before & After - Bowling Green (Again!)

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Bowling Green was previously featured on Before & After in August

A site of frequent change, the streets surrounding Bowling Green rarely go a decade without some new feature being brought in. For example, recent years have seen a new subway entrance and the addition of CitiBike racks. Looking closely at the sidewalks, it also appears that they've reduced the width of the streets adding more room for pedestrians.

These were all things I noticed as I attempted to re-shoot today's photo. The presence of a fire hydrant and numerous lampposts, to say nothing of the surrounding buildings, should have made this an easy spot to pinpoint since those features rarely change over decades. Unfortunately my confidence was shaken by the aforementioned modifications to the area, and I was getting mixed signals from my surroundings. The thing that threw my off the most is the fire hydrant: As you can see, it's shifted dramatically to the left in my modern photo, despite the fact that I'm almost certain it's the exact same piece of hardware (it had similar spray paint markings). From what I can tell, the sidewalk was widened at some point and the hydrant was shifted to be closer to the new street edge. At least I hope that's the case, otherwise this is the worst Before & After I've done.

Photo source: Tom Riggle, Flickr

Monday
Aug262013

Before & After - Broadway, The Canyon of Heroes

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Though Broadway enjoys many different nicknames as it meanders up Manhattan, the most famous might be "The Canyon of Heroes". Between Bowling Green and City Hall the street is both narrow and flanked by very tall, classic-looking office buildings. This combination creates one of the most famous stretches of road in American history. Serving as host to countless ticker-tape parades over the last hundred years, these few blocks typically just serve as a funnel for thousands of tourists who come to gawk at our big bronze bull.


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

Monday
Aug122013

Before & After - Bowling Green

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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.