Movies as urban time capsules, redux.

Three years ago, I discovered and linked to a fun new website called Scouting New York. The site, run by a movie location scout named Nick Carr, has lots and lots of photographs, as well as lots of interesting historical information — but what caught my eye initially was the three albums he posted, comparing how certain locations looked when they were photographed in Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Taxi Driver (1976) and Ghostbusters (1984) with how they look now.

Since then, Carr has posted lots of other interesting photo albums, but nothing like those three albums — until now. Last week, he posted part one of a two-part series on Annie Hall (1977), and today, he posted part two. Some of the locations were difficult to track down, but he digs up some fascinating information on, say, that house under the roller coaster on Coney Island (it was razed in 2000, and the lot where it stood remains vacant), or the racquet club that used to stand on a couple of piers near Wall Street (it was demolished in 2002, but the piers still show up on Google Maps). It’s especially fun to see how the trees have grown in some shots, e.g.:

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