The Lively Morgue is a daily photo blog from the New York Times in which an original photo from the newspaper’s archives is reposted along with tidbits of information gleamed from the historical article it accompanied. Along with a rescan of the original photograph, the backs of each photo are also scanned, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the editorial process of one of the world’s best newspapers.
Today’s photo features a great aerial shot from 1979 of lower Manhattan, seen from helicopter. However, the circumstances behind the photo are not so great.
Frank Staropoli of the New York City Police Aviation Unit scoured SoHo rooftops in the growing search for Etan Patz, the boy who disappeared on his way to a bus stop on May 25, 1979. Nearly 36 years to the day of the disappearance, a judge declared a mistrial in the case after jurors — who had deliberated for three weeks — could not reach a verdict.