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Kanatenah Flats: 1910

Kanatenah Flats: 1910

Utica, New York, circa 1910. "Kanatenah Apartments, Upper Genesee Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


A Slice of Brooklyn in Leatherstocking Country

30 years ago, I lived around the corner from this complex, on Noyes ("No / Yes") Street. There was a larger and similar complex right across the street and this part of Genesee Street always felt more like Brooklyn.

1502 Genesee Street

The property had a history of fires, the first being in March of 1931. As the previous post shows, the final blow was the fire of 1994.

Fast-Forward to 1994

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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