East Village resident and photographer Daniel Root has become an accidental documentarian of the neighborhood's changing landscape. In 1984, some 19 years after Root and his wife settled in the neighborhood, he agreed to photograph the area for a friend's book, which ultimately fell through. Thirty years later, Root discovered the photos again, and what they are inherently privy to: the neighborhood's massive change. He has since taken a series of "after" photographs to juxtapose the '80's shots with, both brought to our attention by Bowery Boogie.
↑ East 9th Street and Avenue C. There are many more on Root's Tumblr site.
· An East Village Rewinds TO 1984, When Madonna Walked St. Marks [BB]
· EV NY 30 yrs and now [Tumblr]
· Become Saddened by These Photos of the 1980s East Village [Curbed]