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Tribeca Then and Now: Franklin Street

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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.

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108 HUDSON (FRANKLIN SIDE)

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143 FRANKLIN

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144 FRANKLIN
What a shame about the door on the left being lost.

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148-150 FRANKLIN

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148-150 FRANKLIN (PART 2)

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152 FRANKLIN
Jane appears to have taken similar shots some time apart. (The third one is how it looks now.)

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153 FRANKLIN

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153 FRANKLIN (PART 2)

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173 FRANKLIN
Again, the first two shots were taken some time apart. (The third one is how it looks now.)

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175 FRANKLIN
The metal panels used to be doors….

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175 FRANKLIN (PART 2)

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