Leonard Abrams, the founder and editor of the late, great East Village Eye (1979-1987) and Julie Golia, curator at the New York Public Library, which just acquired the paper’s archives, talk about chronicling, and preserving, the paper’s coverage of a time when “you go down to the Lower East Side [and] it’s very easy to survive except you might get killed—but probably not. So that was enough for a lot of people who really wanted… to do something meaningful with their lives. And they were able to.”

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