Matt Robinson profile picture Matt Robinson a year ago 24

Here's A Side-By-Side Comparison Of The Streets Of New York From The 1930s And Today

The New Yorker has put together a fascinating video that gives a side-by-side comparison of the roads of New York City from the 1930s and now

Remind me later

This isn’t the first time The New Yorker has put together something like this. A little while ago, the publication created a comparison video showing the streets of LA from the 1940s and today, but this time, the difference is arguably much less striking.

Thanks to the explosion of building activity in Manhatten during the early 20th century, much of the city’s skyline as we know it today was already around in the ‘30s. It looks considerably busier in the modern footage though, and Times Square is shown to be vastly different place nearly 90 years ago.