Amazing Vintage Crime Scenes Of New York, Then And Now

Published November 8, 2013
Updated April 18, 2018

These vintage crime scenes are a reminder that history is indeed fluid, and what you might see as picturesque today has a bloody history.

Unarguably the center of American capitalism as we know it, it should come as no surprise that New York City is constantly reinventing itself.

What may have been the site of a brutal shoot-out a few years ago could be a quiet residential neighborhood today, and eventually the site of a slew of rowdy bars or cosmopolitan boutiques tomorrow. Given its amorphous nature and equally diverse history, photographer Marc A. Hermann decided to blend the past with the present in this fantastic photo series.

Says Hermann, “New York is constantly changing and transforming, and tragedies that affected individuals’ lives are forgotten. We may stand on what was once the site of a horrific murder and not even know it, simply because life goes on.”

These vintage crime scenes are a reminder that history is indeed fluid, and what you might see as picturesque today may very well be endowed with an incredibly bloody history:

Vintage Crime Scenes Balcony
Vintage Crime Stairs
Prospect Park Death
Crime At Luncheonette
Amazing Vintage Crime Scenes Of New York, Then And Now
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For more of the seedy side of the Big Apple, check out our other posts on 1970s New York and when the New York City subway was the most dangerous place on Earth.

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