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In Pictures: 30 Years of the Lower East Side's Gentrification

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[182 Orchard Street between East Houston and Stanton streets.]

Photographer Daniel Root has found such success with his photo project that explores East Village gentrification between 1984 and today that he has carried the project slightly downtown into the equally in-fluxus Lower East Side. As with his East Village coverage, Root's "then" photographs were taken to be used in a friend's book, which was ultimately not published. But when Root rediscovered the unpublished photos some 30 years later, he realized they do indeed have a use: to document the massive changes that have occurred throughout the popular downtown area. Bowery Boogie discovered Root's work.




[Looking south from 16 Orchard Street between Canal and Hester street.]



[The home of Streit's Matzo at 148 Rivington Street at the corner of Suffolk Street.]



[184 Forsyth Street looking towards Eldridge and Stanton streets, formerly the Garden of Eden.]



[Neighborhood resident and Garden of Eden planter Adam Purple at home at 184 Forsyth Street between Stanton and Rivington streets.]



[The East River Park bandshell.]



[So long Garden of Eden. 174 Forsyth Street between Stanton and Rivington streets.]


· Daniel Root's Then-and-Now Photo Project Expands to the Lower East Side [BB]
· EV NY: 30 yrs and now [official]
· See 30 Years of Change in the East Village, From 1984 to Today [Curbed]