A stark look back before Bleecker Playground

Photo by Ben Cohen, N.Y.C. Parks Photo Archive

Photo by Ben Cohen, N.Y.C. Parks Photo Archive

FLASHBACK:  In September 1959, when the top photo was taken, the Stetler Warehouse stood at the treeless intersection of Hudson, Bleecker and Bank Sts., and a comfort station sat on a traffic island in the street. Both structures were eventually demolished, paving the way for the creation of today’s leafy and heavily used Bleecker St. Playground, seen in a bird’s-eye view shot, left, from the rooftop of the former Village Nursing Home in 2010.

Photo by Jonathan Kuhn

Photo by Jonathan Kuhn

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