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November 06, 2010


Jeff Whitty

This is terrific -- I used the "popout" feature, put the windows side-by-side, and watched for landmarks -- stairways, a brick wall (hint: you can match the pillars shown at 30 seconds into the 70's version) and by pressing "pause" now and then on the old movie, I could make the walks run pretty closely together.

I felt a strange rush of joy every time there was something unchanged over the years. And despite the changes in the stores themselves (how depressing 8th Street is now!), the buildings themselves seem amazingly intact!

And your kids are cute. Thanks for the site -- love it.

mykola (mick) dementiuk

The horrible emptiness, I can only say, "What had God wroth?" and shake my head...

I recall the 60s with throngs of people down St Marks Place to 6th Avenue and beyond.

What has happened to them?

Marco Romano

The people all moved to Maine.


Great work! Outside of the level of people being different (clearly more back then than now) the storefronts nowadays are soooo dead. Going to West 8th Street in the 1980s was like going to the mall for me... A 1980s hipster mall, but whatever. It was almost like Beford Avenue was nowadays... Now it’s just some bizarre NYC real estate dead zone. Oy!

Also, on a tech note: Flip cameras and iPhone/iPod Touch cameras don’t do that shutter speed thing. The image is captured progressively (top to bottom) so that’s where that jelly-like wobble comes from. Hope Flip comes up with one that can do shutter speed or something. Will make things nicer.


Thanks for sharing, what a great thing to document. I would imagine that the emptiness has a lot to do with the difference between a sunny summer afternoon and a cold morning in November--I live just around the corner and there's plenty of people out and about when it's warm. The retail is certainly deadly dull on W.8th, though; I love seeing those old storefronts.

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