20 Photos from the (Very Different) Lower East Side of the 1980s [PHOTOS]

Posted on: May 26th, 2015 at 5:19 am by

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The Bowery near Prince St.

Thirty-year Lower East Side resident Steve Butcher recently emailed us to share a trove of archival images of the “good old bad days.”

The 88-shot collection – dating back to the early eighties and nineties – further illustrates a neighborhood almost unrecognizable (nay, unfathomable) to today’s residents. We see the context and character that preceded the eventual advent of game-changing eyesores like the Avalon Chrystie/Bowery, New Museum, and Red Square.

Most of the color photos were all snapped between 1980 and 1985; the black-and-whites are from 1996.

Have photos of your own to share? Hit us up!

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