The Lower East Side has always been dynamic. Waves of immigration, gentrification and development are the defining characteristics of the neighborhood.
But while it’s fine to talk about those rapid changes, it’s another thing to witness them.
In the video above (via Gothamist), LES tour guide Ronnie DeMonarco shows off the small businesses and hole-in-the-wall art spaces that thrived on the street 20 years ago.
“To this day, only the curious come down here.” DeMonarco says, adding that it is a “thriving, out-of-the-way artist community.”