NYC’s Union Square in 1828

  • 25 Feb 2013
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‘Painting the Town’ via Business Insider

Can you imagine the intersection of Broadway and the Bowery in lower Manhattan as sparsely populated “Uptown” used as a burial ground for indigent people? Well, according to the the book Painting the Town by The Museum of the City of (via Ephemeral New York), this scene painted from memory by Albertis Del Orient Browere in 1885 depicts what Union Square used to look like back in 1828 – just 20 years before this area started to transform into the bustling, concrete jungle we know today. 

Compare it to an updated photo of Union Square after the break. 

Union Square via Wikimedia Commons

via Business Insider 

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "NYC’s Union Square in 1828" 25 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>