See vintage photos of the East Village in the 1980s

Go back in time with these amazing images that capture the gritty, punk-rock days of the East Village
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With gentrification rapidly consuming NYC neighborhoods, it's sometimes difficult to remember what the earlier days of New York were like. With climbing rents and new bars and restaurants opening weekly, the East Village feels a lot different from the social movements taking place in the 1980s and the heyday of the punk scene at venues like CBGB. These incredible shots come courtesy of Tony Mangia, who in 1980 began publishing an independent newspaper called The Other Paper that covered community issues, news and the arts. During the '80s, he captured stunning images of New York streets and an East Village made of "abandoned tenements, drug raids and overdoses, the homeless on the Bowery, social change without social media." Take a journey back in time to the Bowery, Tompkins Square Park and more with these striking photos.

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East Sixth Street and Avenue C, 1980
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

East Sixth Street and Avenue C, 1980

L: Artist Named Yuri, Avenue A, 1980. R: Ninth Precinct police round up drug suspects on East Fifth Street, Circa 1980
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Left: Artist named Yuri, Avenue A, 1980. Right: Ninth Precinct police round up drug suspects on East Fifth Street, circa 1980.

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Michael Douglas holding The Other Paper, 1980
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Michael Douglas holding The Other Paper, 1980

Man on Bowery, 1980
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Man on Bowery, 1980

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Boys in Bandshell at Tompkins Square Park, 1981
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Boys in Bandshell at Tompkins Square Park, 1981

L: The Other Paper, Front Page, 1980. R: Block Party, East Fifth Street, 1980
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Left: Front page of The Other Paper, 1980. R: Block party, East Fifth Street, 1980

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Los Campos Plaza at Avenue D, 1980
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Los Campos Plaza at Avenue D, 1980

L: The Old FIlmore East, Second Ave and East Fifth Street, 1980. R: 'Baseball Team' drug squad makes a bust on East Ninth Street, Circa 1980
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Left: The Old FIlmore East, Second Avenue and East Fifth Street, 1980. Right: Baseball Team drug squad makes a bust on East Ninth Street, circa 1980

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Protest on East Tenth Street, 1981
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Protest on East 10th Street, 1981

L: Locals on Avenue B, 1981. R: Losalida Boy, 1981
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Left: Locals on Avenue B, 1981. Right: Losalida Boy, 1981

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Band at an anonymous club, 1981
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Band at anonymous club, 1981

L: Tompkins Square Park, 1981. R: Overdose on Second Ave and East Fourth Street, 1981
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Left: Tompkins Square Park, 1981. Right: Overdose on Second Avenue and East Fourth Street, 1981.

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Boys in bandshell at Tompkins Square Park, 1981
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Boys in bandshell at Tompkins Square Park, 1981

L: Tompkins Square Park, 1981. R: Man and Dog, Tompkins Square Park, 1981
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Left: Tompkins Square Park, 1981. Right: Man and dog, Tompkins Square Park, 1981

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L: Harley Flanagan and The Stimulators, Max's Kansas City, 1981. R: Boy playing Stickball, East Fourth Street, 1981.
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Left: Harley Flanagan and the Stimulators, Max's Kansas City, 1981. Right: Boy playing Stickball, East Fourth Street, 1981.

EMS Rescue on Second Avenue, 1982
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

EMS rescue on Second Avenue, 1982

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L: Inside CBGB's, 1982. R: Nina Hagen at Danceteria, 1982
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Left: Inside CBGB, 1982. Right: Nina Hagen at Danceteria, 1982.

Black Flag at CBGBs, 1982
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Black Flag at CBGB, 1982

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Outside Mudd Club, 1982
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Outside Mudd Club, 1982

Bellvue Hospital, 1983
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Bellevue Hospital, 1983

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Loisaida kids on East Fifth Street, Circa 1983
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Loisaida kids on East Fifth Street, circa 1983

Actors from 'Mixed Blood' on Rivington Street, 1984
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

Actors from Mixed Blood on Rivington Street, 1984

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East Sixth Street tenement, Circa 1983
Photograph: Courtesy Tony Mangia

East Sixth Street tenement, circa 1983

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