These changes are especially apparent in archive photos recently uncovered by the New York Public Library.
The collection contains prints from 1935 to 1936 by Berenice Abbott, a photographer who documented NYC's transformation over the previous century in her series "Changing New York."
Comparing her photos to Google Street View images reveals how the city's public spaces have changed up to today.
"The bones of the city are still there, but we're good at adapting it for what we want."
Jefferson Market Courthouse, 1935 vs 2014.Berenice Abbott/Google/Skye Gould
In 1939, the tracks in front of the courthouse migrated underground with the creation of the subway, bringing more light to the street and increasing the value of the nearby real estate.