I liked this a lot. If NY is a place where you spent so much of your life in, these seemingly similar pictures are in reality worlds apart in feeling and appearance.
I thought the interesting assumption, though, was that the series of changes depicted in the BuzzFeed article were inevitable and/or foreordained.
Sometimes the whole world can change around you and you don’t even notice.
I.e., the variety of forces that cause these changes—rezoning, a modified policing regime, and obviously capital—are so massive and powerful as to be completely invisible.
I know you're commenting on the tweet, but that's one of the worst articles I've had the misfortune of reading.
"29 Incredible Photos of New York Buildings That Unsurprisingly Finished Construction Within 7 Years, Plus Some Awnings That Got Replaced, A Cleaned Up Alley and Some New Graffiti"
" . . . and digital photography technology improved."
Young people make me sick. I have drycleaning from 2007.
This makes me nostalgic for the "People stepping over dead guy to get into Moby's Tea Shoppe" hoax.