In the 1990s, we could see the remains of a golden era, of a certain idea of New York. A mythical time, where one could stumble into Basquiat, Patti Smith or Debbie Harry at the deli on the corner. A period where everything seemed possible, cheap, simple, and wild. These are the words of Gregoire Alessandrini, a French film student, and writer that arrived in New York City in the early 1990s. He was supposed to spend one year in New York. However, he fell in love with the city. He would spend eight "amazing" years in New York, working as a correspondent for different French magazines. In this visual story, you can see some of his pictures, as well as other gems we have found digging an awesome material to put this great story together.
Tour of New York Back in the 1990s
A Visual Storytelling by Lucas Compan
During those eight years, Gregoire Alessandrini was able to witness a unique atmosphere, which he share now with us: "The city had obviously tremendously changed since the 70’s and 80’s but you just had to walk around the corner, enter any downtown dive bar to find the signs and remains of this legendary NY. Just like if the city was waking up with a bad hangover from all the past parties and eccentricity. You could just point your camera and here you went… old Keith Haring murals, empty lots, graffiti and RIP murals, crazy people and wild parties, cinematic atmospheres in the desolate Meat Packing District, 42nd Street sleaze still alive, old signs and store fronts, ‘old’ New York atmosphere in general."
1 - Not-So-Distant Past
2 – WTC Bombing
4 – Quality-of-Life Laws
5 – Safer and Safer
Upon taking office, Mayor David Dinkins begins a police hiring spree. Nearly 8,000 officers join the NYPD over the next two years
6 – Macarena-fever
Perhaps the most catchy pop song of all time, the Spanish one-hit wonder, and had New York City and the entire nation dancing. Even Al Gore showed off his Macarena moves at the 1996 Democratic National Convention.
7 – Concorde in Gotham
An Air France Concorde left New York's JFK International Airport for a world record circumnavigation flight, on August 15, 1995.
8 – Twin Towers' Last Decade
9 – The Nostalgia of Downtown
10 – Last Days of Old Times Square
11 – A Brand-New Times Square
12 – The Scent of Woman
13 – Next Stop is...
14 – Jogger Lovers
15 – High Energy in the Lower East Side
16 – Iconic Music Venues
17 – 5 Pointz Queens
Best pop songs of the 1990s? Listen to this great compilation and have fun
18 – Y2K and The End of The World
Remember when everyone thought the world would end in the year 2000? Because computer programs abbreviated the year to two digits, the impending millennium had everyone warning of a digital meltdown when we exited the 20th century. Y2K survivalists started stocking up for the end-of-times and even a Presidential council was formed. In the end, companies worldwide upgraded their systems beforehand and nothing much happened.
Well, the end of the world was just the beginning of a new millennium. And that's what the visual storytelling "Tour of New York Back in the 2000s" will be about. Stay tuned.