Visual history of a New York City block

Inspired by an attempt to learn more about the five story tenement building located today at 218 Eldridge Street in New York City that his great-great-grandfather lived in, Zach van Schouwen created a super cool interactive visual history or “a complete record of the life cycle” of this block located between Rivington and Stanton Street in Manhattan’s now trendy Lower East Side neighborhood. The journey starts from the street’s pastoral origin in 1795 with James Delancey’s farm. A more indepth version of this can be found on his website where you can click on each building to get more information. And if unfamiliar with this neighborhood, take a virtual tour courtesy of the Google Map street view car.