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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This is just great, thank you!!

Awesome and scary, especially since I can figure out where some of these things happened in the present....

Brilliant! I don't know when I will visit NY again (sometime in the future) I will have these pictures in my case and do some 'ghost hunting'

I hope he does this with other cities too. There's a lot of history out there.

great concept, but i wish it was executed better.
Seems pretty quick and dirty photoshop wise

Got some of yours to post?

the fuzzy edges are killin' me, I've got to say it. But nice concept!


I would love to see these and other, non-crime, images integrated into a historical version of google streetview. I've been promoting the idea since streetview first came online, and now here is evidence that it can really happen!


Great story! Great photos. Although one of the captions should have said "shaken" not "shook".

Wow to think this up is just amazing but to do all the background and footwork for this is even more so, thanks for showing a bit of the past and present.

Incredible idea and work. I want more.

Decent work, some better than others of course. However even on my phone I can zoom in on easily missed edge detail which would've accentuated both quality and realism.

Brilliant idea so wonderfully executed ;-)

Amazingly done!


Is there a location for the last photo of the photographers? It looks to be identical to the New York Criminal Court Building at 100 Centre Street!

Amazing!! Love this project. Brilliant work my friend!

»» this usually quiet neighborhood was shook by the suicide of Detective Michael Dwyer««

"Shaken," not "shook." Otherwise, nice work.

This is so cool!

Freaking heck!

This has been done few times with WW2 photos as well, with interesting results -

Also a cool take on the concept is where people hold the original photo in front of the camera in such a way that they align with the present location within the shot.

can you do ironton ohio old and new pics together that way,those was some great pics


Some of these look great, others, not so great....nice concept though

This is veryyyy cool!

Really cool!

I want to know why the older woman was on on the overhang fighting off the cops - I am sure it's a great story!

very cool

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