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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

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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Photograph: Courtesy Gregoire Alessandrini

1994

Circa 1990, Billy's Topless
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Circa 1995, Billy's Topless

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1991, East Village

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1992

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

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1993, East Village

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1993, New York bike messenger

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1993, Meatpacking District

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1993, Basquiat mural

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1993, West 17th Street and Tenth Avenue

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Left: 1993, Alphabet City. Right: 1991, Bowery

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1994

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1994

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1994

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1994, Alphabet City

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1995, Meatpacking District

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1995, East 6th Street

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1995, New York posters

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1995

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1995, Empire State Building

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1996, Lower East Side

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1996, Brooklyn Bridge

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1996, West Side

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1995, Church Street

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

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1996, Village Cinema

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1996

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1997, Alphabet City

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1997, New York subway skyline

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

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1997, Alphabet City

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