Even the most unassuming neighborhoods in New York could be hiding a long and sordid history of crime. The New York Daily News has drawn on its impressive archive of photos to recreate some of these scenes at locations across the city.
The project is called “New York City: Then and Now,” and was the responsibility of photographer and editor Marc A. Hermann.
One story is that of Edna Egbert, who lived at 497 Dean St. in Brooklyn. She climbed onto her ledge one day, and the News captured the distraught woman fighting with the police as she wobbled on the edge. Despite a new paint job the building looks almost identical to how it did 70 years ago.
Another is a classic case of jealousy. In the 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.
For more photos that capture the past, make sure to check out the gallery below: