A reminder of the good old, bad old days and mostly downtown – East Village and Lower East Side. My impressions and observations from 1981-84.

 E. Houston St.  E. Houston St.E Houston and Chrystie E1st St St Marks Place (between 1st and A) - BinsSt Marks Place (2nd and 3rd) E 7th St E 13th St (between Ave A and B)E 12th St (Ave A and B) E 12th St and Ave AE 13th StE 13th St and Ave AE 12th St towards 13th8th Ave / 38th St 2nd Ave, 61st Stmidtown  33rd St 3rd Ave at 13th St  3rd Ave at 11th Staround - yellowEast Village  13th St aroundAve B at 10th StE 9th st (C and D)around4th St (A and B)Ludlow and RivingtonLudlow St Essex St 176/178 Ludlow St13th St14th st aroundaroundaround Ave B and 2ndpsychicAve BAve B and 2nd St Marks and A113 St MarksSt Marks PlacearoundaroundSoHo11th St?12th StHouston and BroadwayE HoustonHouston and ChrystieHouston and ChrystieRivington and ChrystieRivington and ChrystieBoweryHouston and ChrystieBoweryMott or ElizabethRosevelt Island around Norfolk StClinton St  Norfolk St around aroundaroundStanton StaroundPrince StChinatownChinatownSoHoSoHoaroundSoHoSoHoTwin Towers from LudlowNYC from Ave DNYC from Ave DDowntown constructionGreenwich St, Laight and HubertSB_178.jpgGansevoort St - Meatpacking Meatpackingmeat man 1meat man 2meat man 3meat man 4meat man 5Staten Island Ferry - Liberty

I could have walked the same streets and taken very different pictures  of my surroundings, but I left that for others. I certainly wasn’t setting out to document change but have always been drawn to and kept my eyes open to a kind of visual poetry – more interested in recording my observation over just taking a picture. I loved being part of this vibrant, exciting, artistic time in a real living neighborhood in what is now New York’s history.

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