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Orian is a technologist with an eye toward New York City’s past. He is the creator of Vestiges of New York, a photography website exploring how the streetscapes have changed. He works at inSparq building software products for innovative e-commerce retailers. He graduated from RPI in Troy, NY, where he studied Aerospace Engineering and competed in ballroom dancing. Say hello at @orianbreaux or at orianbreaux.com.

1898 Photo by Byron Company, “Street Vendors Orchard Street 1898 at Hester Street, Looking South.” via the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York

Welcome to a new feature within our Vintage Photography column, the Then & Now series brought to you by Vestiges of New York, a photography project documenting how the New York City streets have changed. This image is just a teaser–drag the cursor left and right on the photograph to compare Orchard Street (viewed from Hester Street) between 1898 and today. Although much of the architecture remains the same, only a few traces of the pushcart peddlers exist now. Well-known Lower East Side establishments like Russ & Daughters, MOSCOT, and Cohen’s Fashion Optical, all founded by enterprising street peddlers, connect us to that long-gone world in bits and pieces.