Wednesday, May 28, 2014

REMEMBER: WEST 133RD STREET BY LENOX CIRCA 1939


A photo from 1939 shows what daily life was like on West 133rd Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth a couple of decades before some majors changes would come about.  Well-dressed gentlemen can be seen casually strolling the blocks while residents take a break in the shade at one of the stoops.  Today this street actually does not exist anymore since the 3 blocks around it were razed by the late 50s and the Lenox Terrace towers were built in its place.  The Towers in the Park model of housing was a popular design in the mid century but eventually destroyed a large part of the city street grid which promoted pedestrian interaction with the immediate neighborhood.

Archival image courtesy the Museum of the City of New York

1 comment:

  1. Great photo was what our world was like "before"

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