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
Left: Artist named Yuri, Avenue A, 1980. Right: Ninth Precinct police round up drug suspects on East Fifth Street, circa 1980.
Michael Douglas holding The Other Paper, 1980
Man on Bowery, 1980
Boys in Bandshell at Tompkins Square Park, 1981
Left: Front page of The Other Paper, 1980. R: Block party, East Fifth Street, 1980
Los Campos Plaza at Avenue D, 1980
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
Protest on East 10th Street, 1981
Left: Locals on Avenue B, 1981. Right: Losalida Boy, 1981
Band at anonymous club, 1981
Left: Tompkins Square Park, 1981. Right: Overdose on Second Avenue and East Fourth Street, 1981.
Boys in bandshell at Tompkins Square Park, 1981
Left: Tompkins Square Park, 1981. Right: Man and dog, Tompkins Square Park, 1981
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
Left: Inside CBGB, 1982. Right: Nina Hagen at Danceteria, 1982.
Black Flag at CBGB, 1982
Outside Mudd Club, 1982
Bellevue Hospital, 1983
Loisaida kids on East Fifth Street, circa 1983
Actors from Mixed Blood on Rivington Street, 1984
East Sixth Street tenement, circa 1983