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Hundreds of vintage photos of lower Manhattan were just published online, and they’re amazing

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Clayton Guse

New York never stops changing.

The constantly-evolving nature of the city is a big part of its charm. Trends come and go, neighborhoods ebb and flow and the New York keeps chugging along like a giant machine that couldn't care less. 

That said, there is perhaps no area of the city that has changed more in the past 50 years than lower Manhattan. The squatters of the Lower East Side are long gone. Greenwich Village is no longer a haven for beatniks. The Fulton Fish Market has packed up and moved to the Bronx

Luckily, New York has long been home to some of the world's most prolific photographers who have preserved the city of yore. This week, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) published more than 500 photos that show what life was like in lower Manhattan from the 1960s to the 1990s. They're nothing short of amazing, and are worth sifting through. 

The photos are all by Carole Teller, and are a part of her series titled "Changing New York." GVSHP is selling prints of the images online, the proceeds of which will go towards supporting the organization's work. We've pulled a few of our favorites below, but you should head over to their site for the entire trove of historical snapshots

All images courtesy Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation/Carole Teller

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