Local artist and writer Jane Freeman has donated a cache of old Tribeca photos—the most recent seem to be from 1990, and most are from earlier—and as you’ll see, the neighborhood was a markedly different place back then. The photos were unlabeled and not in much of an order, so identifying the locations has been a challenge. (This series will end with the unidentifiable ones.) After I had the photos scanned, I realized that they wanted contemporary images for context. I occasionally tried to match Jane’s framing because I liked the comparison; other times, I felt it helped to see more than what she photographed.
Without further ado, here’s the first batch: Franklin Street.
108 HUDSON (FRANKLIN SIDE)
What a shame about the door on the left being lost.
148-150 FRANKLIN (PART 2)
Jane appears to have taken similar shots some time apart. (The third one is how it looks now.)
153 FRANKLIN (PART 2)
Again, the first two shots were taken some time apart. (The third one is how it looks now.)
The metal panels used to be doors….
175 FRANKLIN (PART 2)