Photos of the Old Lower East Side

Posted on: January 26th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

Leslieann E. Santiago over at 21-7 Magazine penned a must-read piece yesterday, which includes over a dozen photos depicting the old Lower East Side. It’s always a pleasure to come across such “found wealth.”

[Bulldozing Tompkins Square Park]

Here’s an excerpt:

But back during the 60’s to the 80’s there wasn’t a photographer every where you turned. So, when I came across a very intense picture of a homeless man in Manahattan’s Lower East Side during the 60’s, I was compelled to learn more.

[LES Building on Fire]

It’s still not exactly pleasant ville, but it’s calmer than it was. There is so much to respect of the area. The people there have been fighters, standing for their human rights. Though the price of living in the LES has risen ridiculously high, with exclusive shops and bars, you can still feel the culture of that rebellious time. The diversity still exists and the artistic vibes live on.

[Clash at PS 105]

Head over to 21-7 for more pictures.

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