The Real Deal New York

A tour of Ludlow Street in the early 1990s: VIDEO

It’s a "thriving, out-of-the-way artist community"
January 24, 2015 12:00PM

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.”

Almost none of the businesses featured remain today, with the exception of the Mercury Lounge. Watch out for its old signage. [Gothamist | Bowery Boogie]Christopher Cameron