Then-and-Now Photos of New York City


NYC Grid is a website run by Paul Sahner that explores and documents New York neighborhoods, “street by street and block by block.” One of the awesome reoccurring features on the blog is the before-and-after section, which features pairs of photos showing identical locations but shot decades — or sometimes over a century — apart.

Here is a selection of the side-by-side photos published so far:

















Sahner writes that he moved to The Big Apple seven years ago, and soon found himself roaming the streets and capturing photographs and videos. After a period of doing this with no goal in mind, he decided to start a website on which he could share and catalog these images. Thus, NYC Grid was born.

Each post on the site is a study of one block of the city. “I will attempt to document anything of interest, be it architectural, cultural, or just a good place to get a burrito,” he says.

You might notice that the photos above appear to have a slider control in the center. This is because the comparison photos are actually interactive on NYC Grid. Visit these images on the original site, and you’ll be presented with a working slider that lets you slide back and forth between the old and new views. Very cool.

NYC Grid: Before & After (via Gothamist)

Image credits: Photographs by Paul Sahner/NYC Grid

  • Theranthrope

    So many hats!

  • Chris

    These NEVER get old, love ‘em.

  • Bill McKenzie

    These are great but I would also like to see the exact same image before and after rather than the split screen. Would reveal a bit better exactly what had changed.

  • David Nagy

    You can use the slider mentioned in the article if you visit the site at:

  • jon salonga

    Its nice to see more trees in cities nowadays compared to the old images.

  • chuckcloninger

    Anybody notice how much more greenery is in the modern photos than in the old ones? I know that you sometimes miss the trees in the b&w photos but looking closely it seems that there are a lot more trees now, and healthier, than then.