Vintage Crime Scene Photos Superimposed on Modern NY Streets (Warning: Graphic)

Vintage Crime Scene Photos Superimposed on Modern NY Streets (Warning: Graphic)

Photographer and historian Marc Hermann has done a beautiful job pulling historic crime scene photos from the New York Daily News archive to blend them with photographs of the same locations today. For those who live in New York now, it may be easy to forget just how rough the city was in the not-too-distant past.

Grisly violence is an undeniable part of New York's DNA and the juxtaposition of the old, black and white images with the modern "Times Square" version of what most people expect today is incredibly fascinating - truly making ghosts walk amongst us.


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427 1/2 Hicks St. Brooklyn, N.Y.
Gangster Salvatore Santoro met his end in the vestibule of 427 1/2 Hicks St. on Jan. 31, 1957. Here's how the building looks then and now.

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Brooklyn, N.Y
The tree that stands in front of 923 44th St. in Brooklyn is the only living witness to gangster Frankie Yale's untimely demise on July 1, 1928. Yale's car slammed into the steps of the Brooklyn home that day as he was shot to death from a car driving by.

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Park Slope plane crash in New York City
The wreckage after the crash of United Airlines Flight 826 and Trans World Airlines Flight 266 over New York City was well documented by the Daily News back in December 1960. Over 130 people were killed aboard the planes and on the ground in Brooklyn, making it one of New York's most tragic disasters. The crash also destroyed some buildings beyond repair. The ones that still stand can be seen in this compilation.

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Porter Ave. Brooklyn, N.Y.
Only a few scars left on the side of this building serve as a reminder of what happened here on April 4, 1959. Three-year-old Martha Cartagena was riding her tricycle when she was struck and killed on Porter Ave. in Brooklyn.

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137 Wooster St. Manhattan, N.Y.
Back in the 1950s, there were no North Face storefronts to be found on Wooster St. There was, however, a massive and fatal fire at the Elkins Paper & Twine Co. on Feb. 16, 1958. Six were killed by the blaze and the building was leveled, but new commercial space now stands where the Elkins Paper & Twine Co. once did.

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Downtown Brooklyn, N.Y.
Passersby of 66 Court St. probably have no idea that a massive gas explosion once blew out the windows of this building on Jan. 31, 1961. Over two dozen were injured by the flying glass and falling plaster.

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497 Dean St. Brooklyn, N.Y.
New York City's rich photo history has been well documented by the Daily News through the years. Many of the places, stories and lives lived by New Yorkers who have come before us are still alive and well, but locked in photography archives. Marc A. Hermann, historian of the New York Press Photographers Association, has juxtaposed then and now photos of New York City, bringing back to life people and stories of the Big Apple's past. Check out some of his amazing work ... March 19, 1942 is a day well captured in the Daily News' archive. Edna Egbert, who lived at 497 Dean St. in Brooklyn, climbed onto her ledge that day. The News captured the distraught woman fighting with the police as she wobbled on the edge. The building is currently painted red, but remains nearly identical to the way it looked 70 years ago.

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992 Southern Blvd. Bronx, N.Y.
A classic case of jealousy. In this stairwell of 992 Southern Blvd. on Sept. 25, 1961, James Linares lay bleeding in the arms of his girlfriend Josephine Dexidor after being shot by her husband. The same banister still scales the length of the hallway.

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Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sunday strolls are still popular in Prospect Park, but on Sunday July 30, 1950, this usually quiet neighborhood was shook by the suicide of Detective Michael Dwyer, seen here.

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Fulton Fish Market
The Fulton Fish Market in the South Street Seaport was rocked by a fire on Feb. 26, 1961. These buildings still stand, in various states of occupancy, and minus a few floors here and there.

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Here, Marc A. Hermann (r.) and his colleagues of 70 years prior get caught in a rare moment on the opposite side of the camera lens. Hermann began this photo project because of his love for history and it has since blossomed into a series that reminds us all that there has been bustling life in the Big Apple for decades. "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," says Hermann. Now you can relive these historic moments in present-day.

New York Daily News via Gizmodo
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80 Comments

Awesome!

This is amazing, great research and post work.

There are a lot of these modern/ historical overlays out there, but the blending on these is far superior to 99% of the others. Good work.

Auto align layers, add mask layer, paint. Did you include MS Paint users in your percentile?

I agree there are a lot of poorly aligned or poorly executed pieces of work. I think a lot of them are just due to the fact the two images dot align exactly properly. The two photographs are taken at different angles... so 'auto align' doesn't help much.

You have to sometimes skew a bit or slice the image. But to get as close to original as possible it's to bring a good size print to the place and a fine tripod then set the camera on live view and compare everything until you get it right.

One of the main things I see people miss is a similar lens, or one that creates the same type of spacial distortion. This stuff is easy to do, but hard to do right.

Cover image has wrong shadows. I can see half of car in one image. And the one with Frankie Yale’s car is taken from the wrong angle. It's a good job, but it's NOT "far superior to 99% of the others". We are the others and I bet most of us here are able to do a similar or better job.

Relax.

Why do you assume you are part of the 99%? If you think yours is better, you would be in the 1%, wouldn't you?

And, BTW, putting down other people's work to show how good yours is..... not a classy move.

I don't show my work, because I don't have work to be shown. My primary job is web development. So yes I'm in the 99%, or not even in the same graph. If I feel that I can do this (or similar), that means at least 90% of you (that commented at least once on this website, and probably work as photographers) should be able to do this.

The work IS great because it's original, and took some guts to do this, but I can't agree with the percentile for the blending. It's a gross exaggeration.

Unless this ( http://www.the9gag.com/images/pictuers/worst_photoshop.jpg

) counts as 99%, then yes, I can agree with the entire comment.

So... your problem is that someone on the internet used hyperbole?

Personally, I would let this one go. It was used in a positive way. No one was hurt. It is harmless.

To your question the answer is YES. And I didn't claim that I can do a better job, I claimed that you (all users here except you personally), can do a better job then me and probably better then the images here, when it comes to blending.

Sorry for thinking you are not in the 99 percent.

Frankly, Adrien S, I think you are just an arsehole!
I'm about 100% sure of that!
: )

What a D@CK

You're all acting like jealous dicks.

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