BY DOMENICK RAFTER
Anyone who has lived in Queens for at least the past ten years can appreciate how quickly and drastically many of the borough’s neighborhoods have changed in that time frame.
Now you can see just how dramatic that transformation has been using your mouse.
RENTCafe, an online resource for renters, has compiled some photos using Google Street View of various locations in Queens, how they looked in 2007 and how they looked in 2014.
Camelia Bulea, RENTCafe’s marketing communication specialist, said the idea came from a colleague who thought it would be fun to see the transformation in several parts of the borough where major developments have been built, most notably Sky View Parc in Flushing and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene building in Queens Plaza. Users can slide their cursor left to right to see the same view and how it changed from 2007 to 2014.
“It was one of our colleagues who after seeing some satellite photos thought that instead of just having a before and after photo, it would be interesting to just slide and see how the years have affected the neighborhood,” Bulea said. “We just love using some technology to do this. We’ve done it for Manhattan and Brooklyn as well. We wanted to see how much the neighborhood was transformed. We chose some of the most famous developments in recent years.”
Among the other locations RENTCafe features Hunters Point, the Santorini in Astoria, the Queens Savoy Hotel in Kew Gardens, the Aston on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills and the Ocean One Condominium tower in the Rockaways.
The piece is a bit out of the ordinary for RENTCafe, which is primarily a site for prospective renters to look up apartment listings and find rentals and compare prices in major US cities.
“We saw that this is really appealing to the public,” Bulea said. “And we like this kind of project.”
RENTCafe, which is owned by software company Yardi Systems, has done several other similar ones, including posting photos of views from high-rise buildings and similar slideshows that show how architecture in different cities has evolved over many years.