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Compare New York now with the NYC of the 90s

In celebration of our 1,000th issue, we’re seeing how much the city has changed since our first edition nearly two decades ago

Written by
Nick Leftley

It was in the long ago year of 1995 that we first launched Time Out New York, and if you look around you, you might notice that the city’s changed just a bit since then (apart from the rats on the subway, of course—they’re not going anywhere). In those two decades, neighborhoods have risen and fallen, fashions have come and gone, restaurants have opened and closed and opened again, but through it all has stood our city: loud, gritty and crazy but still beautiful, resilient and, most importantly, ours. Take a look below at what’s changed in the course of 20 years, including Times Square, the South Street Seaport, CBGB and more.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, 1995


CBGB 1995; Photograph: Then: Courtesy Angela Di Carlo / Now: Jana Jackson

Clinton Street and Stanton Street

Clinton Street and Stanton Street, 1992; Photograph: Then: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Brucifer / Now: Filip Wolak

Empire State Building, East 33rd Street and Second Ave

Empire State Building, East 33rd Street and Second Ave, 1993; Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Phillip Capper / Now: Filip Wolak

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden, 1996; Photograph: Then: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Ken Lund / Now: Filip Wolak

Shea Stadium

Shea Stadium, 1995; Photograph: Now: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Geoff Livingston

South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport, 1991; Photograph: Then: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Gertrud K / Now: Filip Wolak

Subway, B Train

Subway, B Train, 1992; Photograph: Then: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/rhodamine / Now: Filip Wolak

Times Square

Times Square, 1995; Photograph: Then: Courtesy Peter Emon 

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium, 1995; Photograph: Then: Coutesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Rik-Shaw / Now: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/John Bencina

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