There is a good amount of nostalgia for the New York City of old. It appears today we have an overdeveloped, very shiny place for people to visit that also costs too much for natives to live in without enough jobs to support middle and lower class people. 

Back in the 1970s, though, things were changing. 

Photographers like Bob Gruen shot the City's rockstars while others, like Camilo José Vergara, documented social change in neighborhoods like the Lower East Side, Harlem, and all over the Bronx. 

Now, the Museum of New York City has digitized its collection of photos by Edmund V. Gillon spanning the 70s and 80s.

That's around 1,200 newly converted files for web viewing and, of course, preservation. 

The Museum wrote that Gillon's photographs "bring to life not only the countless readily apparent changes that have taken place in the City's urban landscape over the past several decades, but also the many subtle changes that transformed neighborhoods such as SoHo, Tribeca, and Dumbo."

Take a look at the gallery below. Is this even still the same City? 

Be sure to check out the entire collection at the Museum of New York City site, or better yet-- visit the Museum!


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[via Curbed NY] [Feature Image Courtesy Curbed NY]