See How Much New York Has Changed Since the 1990s

Grégoire Alessandrini’s blog “New York City 1990’s” contains an enormous collection of images taken between 1991 and 1998 that artfully depict New York. The website is a snapshot of New York in the 1990s, capturing the spirit of the era with photographs of New York’s architecture that could only exist at that time. As politics and public sentiment have changed, the city has changed with it, and much of the New York Alessandrini captured no longer exists.

To document just how much New York has changed in the past 25 years, we have curated a selection of Alessandrini’s images and set each photograph next to a Google Street View window corresponding to the photographer’s location at the time. In the photographs where Alessandrini observes from an elevated vantage point, the Street View images are as close as possible to the photographer’s location.

Read on after the break to see the images of New York’s dynamic change from the 1990s to 2015.

214 West 42nd Street

214 West 42nd Street. Image © G.Alessandrini

North East corner of 8th avenue and 42nd street

North East corner of 8th avenue and 42nd street. Image © G.Alessandrini

Times Square

Times Square. Image © G.Alessandrini

73 Christopher Street

73 Christopher Street. Image © G.Alessandrini

Bryant Park

Bryant Park. Image © G.Alessandrini

24 Astor Place

24 Astor Place. Image © G.Alessandrini

425 E 12th St

12th Street, between 1st and A. Image © G.Alessandrini

167 W 23rd Street

W 23rd Street. Image © G.Alessandrini

28 Avenue A

Burger Klein building, at 28 Avenue A. Image © G.Alessandrini

214 East 14th Street

The Jefferson Theater, at 214 East 14th Street. Image © G.Alessandrini

356 East 8th Street

© G.Alessandrini

192 Fifth Avenue

© G.Alessandrini

839 Washington Street

Walmir Meats, at 839 Washington Street. Image © G.Alessandrini

210 10th Avenue

Empire Diner, at 210 10th Avenue. Image © G.Alessandrini

357 West Street

The Lost Diner, at 357 West Street. Image © G.Alessandrini

West 19th Street and 8th Avenue

Sam Chinita Restaurant, at West 19th Street and 8th Avenue. Image © G.Alessandrini

80 6th Avenue

Moondance Diner, at 80 6th Avenue. Image © G.Alessandrini

227 West 42nd Street

Selwyn Theater. Image © G.Alessandrini

234 W 42nd St

Empire Theater, at 234 West 42nd Street. Image © G.Alessandrini

692 8th Avenue

835 Washington St

835 Washington St. Image © G.Alessandrini

28 10th Avenue

The Vault, at 28 10th Avenue. Image © G.Alessandrini

DeKalb Avenue and South Elliot Place

Spike's Joint, at DeKalb Avenue and South Elliot Place in Brooklyn. Image © G.Alessandrini

241 Bowery

Sunshine Hotel, at 241 Bowery. Image © G.Alessandrini

34 White Street

The Babydoll Lounge, at 34 White Street. Image © G.Alessandrini

91 Bowery

Music Palace, at 91 Bowery. Image © G.Alessandrini

98-100 Avenue A

Sok's Grocery, at 98-100 Avenue A. Image © G.Alessandrini

110 3rd Avenue

The Variety Theater, at 110 3rd Avenue. Image © G.Alessandrini

View more photos on Grégoire Alessandrini’s website.

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Cite: Patrick Kunkel. "See How Much New York Has Changed Since the 1990s" 21 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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