Neal Boenzi/The New York Times
Neal Boenzi/The New York Times
Date: 8/27/1974 - Photo credit: Michael Evans/The New York Times

Featuring: Neal Boenzi, Patrick A. Burns, Fred R. Conrad, Michael Evans, Carl T. Gossett Jr., Eddie Hausner, Chester Higgins Jr., Donal F. Holway, Paul Hosefros, Nik Kleinberg, Sara Krulwich, Robert Levin, Keith Meyers, Nancy Moran, Nancy Siesel, Barton Silverman, Ernie Sisto, Ruby Washington.

How did an industrial neighborhood on the Brooklyn waterfront become a world-famous Instagram destination?

Here, we’re reconstructing the site of Photoville, before it was known as DUMBO. Archival photographs show visitors how the streets and buildings around them appeared 25, 50, and 75 years ago.


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    The New York Times

    Since 1851, the New York Times has been on the ground reporting stories from around the globe that no one else was telling. How we tell those stories has changed, but our mission to seek the truth and help people understand the world has remained constant.

Past Tense: DUMBO Before Instagram

 archive : 2019

Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Anika Burgess Jessie Wender

Presented by: The New York Times
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View Location Details Download a detailed map of this location Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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