Chapter One: He was too romantic about Manhattan, as he was about everything else. He thrived on the hustle bustle of the crowds and the traffic. To him, New York meant beautiful women and street smart guys who seemed to know all the angles.
You can't describe a city with such a vibrant community and turbulent past with a couple of hyperbolic adjectives — it just is what it is: the greatest city in the world. Every era of NYC history has brought on a wealth of changes and the nineties were, arguably, one of the most progressive. CBGB's was still open, Giuliani cleaned the place up, you needed tokens to ride the subway, and Letterman got the 11:30 slot. Photographer Greg Alessandrini captured life in the city during the 1990s and shows us how much — and little — has changed.