Wednesday, December 19, 2012

☞ REMEMBER: 117th and 8th Avenue circa 1957

A photo of FDB/8th Avenue taken in 1957 shows the blocks north of 116th street which have changed dramatically in the last 3 decades.  During the rough yearss of the 70 and 80s, many of these building were abandoned by landlords and demolished because they were left to decay.  In the past decade, developers have come in and built new structures on these blocks and the landscape has now changed quite dramatically.

Building styles might have changed with the times but it appears from the old photo that fashion does come back in cycles. We especially like the top image because some of the menswear has returned in recent years and these gentlemen could be walking down the boulevard today with the same look.

Archival photo courtesy the Museum of the City of New York


  1. Nice photo, how much the streetscape has changed.

  2. amazing how the street looked pretty good back in 57 and only 15 years later would become hell on earth.

    Really unbelievable the wholesale abandonment of our cities from the 60s to the 80s - and the equally unbelievable revival. One has to wonder what are the forces that cause such dramatic swings. government? the residents? perception?