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Check out these supremely cool photos of NYC in the ’90s

Yes, the ’90s are officially retro. Take a trip down memory lane to the city that once was

Written by
Dan Kilberg
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Though the ’90s might not feel like that long ago, our city's neighborhoods are a world away from the gritty places they used to be, for better and for worse. French photographer Gregoire Alessandrini shot these images between 1991 and 1998, and his pictures show a time back when Brooklyn was just another forgotten borough, Soho was an up-and-coming area and the Lower East Side was cluttered with dives and a bohemian squatter population, (rather than luxury condos and wellness centers). Alessandrini describes NYC back then as a city "waking up with a bad hangover from all the past parties and eccentricity," following the wildness of the ’80s. If Alessandrini's amazing shots put you in the mood for all things plaid and scuffed, go ahead and compare New York now with the NYC of the '90s.

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1994

Circa 1995, Billy's Topless
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1991, East Village

1992
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Left: 1993, Flatiron Building. Right: 1991, Flatiron and Empire State Buildings

1993, East Village
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1993, New York bike messenger

1993, Meatpacking District
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1993, Basquiat mural

1993, West 17th Street and Tenth Avenue
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Left: 1993, Alphabet City. Right: 1991, Bowery

1994
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1994

1994
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1994, Alphabet City

1995, Meatpacking District
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1995, East 6th Street

1995, New York posters
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1995

1995, Empire State Building
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1996, Lower East Side

1996, Brooklyn Bridge
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1996, West Side

1995, Church Street
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Left: 1995, Vazac Hall. Right: 1997, Chinatown

1996, Village Cinema
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1996

1997, Alphabet City
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1997, New York subway skyline

Left: 1997, 42 Street. Right: 1991, Houston Street
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1997, Alphabet City
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