For more than 50 years, photographer Carole Teller has called the East Village home, witnessing firsthand the many changes that have happened not just in her neighborhood, but throughout Manhattan as a whole.
With her camera in hand, Teller was able to capture myriad of images on her daily travels; from the early 1960s to the early 1990s, she focused on transforming sites, whether they were in the midst of demolition, gradually decaying over time, or on the verge of becoming something new.
Until now, Teller has kept hundreds of these memories tucked away but has decided to generously donate over 500 photos to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) in a collection called “Carole Teller’s Changing New York.”
“I had those negatives all these years and figured they'd be thrown out when I die,” Teller told Curbed. “Printing them for an exhibit would have been a big and expensive job, so when digitalization came in, it was the perfect solution for what to do with the negatives.”
Impressed with the GVSHP’s online historic photo archive and the organization’s mission to preserve the past, Teller felt that there was no better home for her collection.
Below are just a few images from Carole Teller’s Changing New York that illustrate how much things have changed in half a century. Check out the full collection here.