Lifestyle

New York City In The 90s

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. 

The legendary Grey's Papaya. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for your hot dog needs. 

Little did we know back in 1996, that mission was possible — as were the three following missions. 

Accurate blanket statement: If you've ever driven in the city, your car has been towed. 

The East Village's iconic Variety Theater. Featured in the film Taxi Driver, the now-defunct Variety was known for its lineup of B-movies and pornos during the 1970s and 80s.

The legendary Knitting Factory. 

Fact: there is always, at least, one pound of meat on every single one of Carnegie Deli's sandwiches and the restaurant's motto is: "If you can finish your meal, we’ve done something wrong."

Back in the nineties, mannequins were fashioned to look as psychopathic and damaged as possible. 

The now closed Baby Doll Lounge off Church street in TriBeCa. 

Can we just take a second to pour one out for cheap gas prices? 

To be fair, any of the Chinese food you find in New York is bound to be somewhat exotic. 

Hands down best Yelp review from 2007: "I think that they are closing. I wouldn't recommend visiting. It's still dangerous."

If you've ever been to Webster Hall, you've thrown up outside of Webster Hall. 

Smell ya later, NYC. 


Jeremy Glass is a proud resident of LES and kinda wishes it was still dangerous.