In 1984, East Village resident Dan Root took some photographs for a book that a friend of a friend was going to write about the changing East Village. For a couple of months he took pictures, when time and money allowed, of this changing neighborhood. The book was never written and the photographs were put away.
Last year, for the 30th anniversary of the project, Dan revisited those locations and photographed them again. Most were vastly different than they were 30 years ago. He embarked upon a project of framing the original photos and placing them at these sites. Dan thought was that maybe about a hundred people who had lived in the East Village at that time would be interested in the photos, but it turns out that many many more people were interested in the project.
Last night, about fifty people attended a presentation of the project at the Sixth Street Community Center. Please check out Dan’s Tumbler page for more pictures.
If this appeals to you (or possibly even if it does not), GVSHP has some other exciting upcoming programs in the month of May:
- Saturday, May 16: As part of Lower East Side History Monthy, GVSHP will lead a guided tour of East Village gardens along with Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens (LUNGS).
- Wednesday, May 20th: We will be exploring Little Spain: The Spanish Community on West 14th Street, with a lecture and slideshow presented by with Robert Sanfiz, the Executive Director of the Spanish Benevolent Society – La Nacional.
- Thursday, May 28th:, GVSHP and art historian Avis Berman will present Distilling the American Flavor: Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Juliana Force and the Making of the Whitney Museum at the Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street between 7th Avenue South and Hudson Street.
For questions or reservations please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email@example.com