Lower East Side Aerial View Flashback

Aerial view of the Lower East Side, 1930's - Photo provided by the NYC Department of Records

The landscape of the Lower East Side has drastically changed through out the years. Take a look at these remarkable photos of yesterday's LES taken by Fairchild Aerial Surveys along with a visual diagram showing the development in the neighborhood over the last 80 years. The photos capture the Lower East Side shortly before the NYC Housing Authority and Robert Moses demolished hundreds of old tenement buildings to make way for future housing projects, displacing thousands of residents in the process.

Same photo with the footprints of today's LES
LES via Google Earth
Construction site of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, 1947 - Photo provided by the NY State Archives
Jacob Riis & Lillian Wald Houses under construction, 1948 - Photo provided by the NY State Archives
Photo provided by the NY State Archives
Photo provided by the NY State Archives
Vladeck Houses - Photo provided by the NY State Archives