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See How New York City's Oldest Avenue Changed Since 1920

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[96th Street and Broadway, looking north. All photos via West Side Rag.]

Today's Upper West Side is a funny amalgam of modern-day high-rises and undeniably ugly medians, with a few gilded, century-old grande dames dotted throughout. (Think the Ansonia, or the Apthorp.) Now track that disparity in pictoral form.

In 1920, photographer Arthur Hosking traversed the length of Broadway, the city's oldest north-south thoroughfare, shooting street scenes from Bowling Green to Yonkers. West Side Rag first posted a selection of his images, and one of the neighborhood blog's readers responded by retracing part of Hosking's journey. Evan Balafas took his daughter on a walk from Columbus Circle up to 96th Street, matching his shots to Hosking's. Check out the results, above and below, and for more, visit WSR directly.


before


[87th and Broadway, looking south.]




[72nd and Broadway, looking north.]




[69th and Broadway, looking north.]




[64th and Broadway, looking north.]

· Photo Gallery: Two Walks Up Broadway, 94 Years Apart [West Side Rag]