New York City Streets in Photographs: Rebecca Lepkoff
What has a century of auto-centric planning cost New York? Even as our NYC Streets Renaissance
Campaign looks ahead to 21st century street improvements, it also harks back to the days before automobiles crowded the life out of
New York City streets.
The photographs of Rebecca Lepkoff, beginning in the 1930s, capture families sitting out on stoops and curbs
to escape overcrowded, sweltering tenements. They show neighbors relaxing each evening, their field of vision unobstructed by rows
of parked cars. We can see the "informal supervision" of livable streets at work as kids play kick-the-can, stickball and hopscotch
in the roadbed.
To learn how Transportation Alternatives is working to revive these forgotten pastimes, visit nycstreets.org.