West 150th Street and Broadway, New York City
|West 150th to 151st Streets and Broadway, New York City, 1986.|
|Broadway and 150th Street in July 2018 (Google Street View).|
As we move a little closer to the scene, the two green awnings on the left become more visible. The original photo was a bit misleading because the foreshortening of the block made it appear at first glance that there was only one long awning. In fact, there were two awnings, which are still there.
In the 1986 photo, the nearest green awning has the letters "Th-" with the remaining letters obscured. This was the beginning of "Thirty Six Forty Seven," the address of the first building with a green awning. This photo also clearly shows the blocky windows in the building at the end of the block, further helping to identify this as the location of the 1986 photo.
Moving a little further down the block, we come to the second green awning. Although no lettering was visible on that awning in 1986, now it proclaims its own address, "Thirty Six Fifty Seven."
Moving just a bit further north, the light stanchion that is visible at the end of the block in 1986 comes into easy view. Once again, the lens used by the original photographer makes it deceptively appear that the light stanchion is further down the street, but close examination of the photo shows that it indeed was on the end of this block, just as it is today.
Finally, moving on to the corner of 151st Street and Broadway, we see that where there was a Diner/Deli in 1986, now there is a ... Diner/Deli. Whether or not it is the same one, or simply operating under new management or a new name, is tough to make out. However, a good location for a sandwich place is good whether it's 1986 or 2018. Overall, the character of the block hasn't changed that much, it is still loaded with small businesses. In 1986, these included check-cashing places and discount stores, whereas in 2018 they include nail salons, insurance offices, and electronics stores. But the overall landscape hasn't changed much at all in over thirty years.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this entry in my "The more things change, the more they stay the same" series. Please visit some other entries in the series when you have a chance!