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Watch An Incredible Side-By-Side Comparison Of NYC 80 Years Apart

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

Watch An Incredible Side-By-Side Comparison Of NYC 80 Years Apart

If you enjoyed the stunning, newly colorized version of this 1911 footage of NYC, you’ll love this comparison of the city today and what it looked like 80 years ago.

The New Yorker put together an incredible video featuring side-by-side video footage of the same exact NYC streets, from both the 1930s and today.

It features views from the Brooklyn Bridge (plus a side-by-side of cars driving on it), the Manhattan Bridge, the Upper West Side of Manhattan (along with the Museum of Natural History), Central Park, the Frick Museum, Midtown, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Grand Central, and many more NYC sites.

It lines up the exact streets and camera angles so you can truly see how much the areas have changed (or haven’t!). Of course, black and white vs. color makes a huge difference, but it’s still wild to see the cars, the billboards, the buildings, and of course the amount of people change so drastically (except in Times Square maybe).

Definitely worth a watch, especially if you’re an NYC history buff!

featured image source: Video Still / Eight Years 

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