Good thing at least one person thought to photograph all of Tribeca's empty and mid-transformation lots in the beginning of the century, lest future generations think the swanky neighborhood was always the stuff of broker and Sex and the City-fanatic fantasies. Tribeca Citizen compiled a slew of early 2000's shots from photographer Robert A. Ripps, noting that the "pace of change in Tribeca has been breathtaking, to say the least." Yup, seconded.
A mini condo building has risen on 137 Franklin Street, which was an empty lot in 2005. More "before" shots over at Tribeca Citizen.
· Tribeca's Decade of Major Transition [TC]
· Robert A. Ripps Photography [official]