Daniel Root’s Then-and-Now Photo Project Expands to the Lower East Side

Posted on: October 13th, 2014 at 6:05 am by

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Adam Purple, then and now

Photographer Daniel Root chronicled the East Village of New York City in 1984. Today, he takes his archival work to the streets for a comparison to their current state.

As part of the history project (and website), Root frames 30-year-old photos and posts at current sites, then “rephotographs the whole thing.” What began as an exclusively East Village project now spawned roots in the Lower East Side.

This eye-catching placement on Forsyth Street – the destruction of Adam Purple’s famed Garden of Eden – is one of many such images now scattered through the neighborhood. Others are on Orchard, Pike, and Rivington Streets.

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Photo: Daniel Root

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