Friday, May 22, 2015


I've been exploring the NYPL's Digital Collections archives for some time now, and yesterday the library released a new search tool, an interactive map,,  that makes it easy to sample its collection of historic photographs by neighborhood.

Anyone living in the South Slope/Greenwood/Gowanus/South Brooklyn (etc. etc.) area should be able to recognize the location in this Percy Loomis Sperr photograph, taken in 1930. Any takers?


15th St said...

Standing at the intersection of 16th St and 4th Ave, looking west. That church-type structure w/ the turret is no longer there (it would be just to the west of the FLOORS place), but I see that the ever-changing restaurant on the corner inhabits the same building in the photo…and the two adjacent structures are still there as well.

onemorefoldedsunset said...

Yes!! I fear those two little houses may not last much longer, unfortunately.