You'll see a lot of empty streets, boarded up buildings, abandoned lots, and parked cars in this nearly four-minute video of the the East Village area in the 1980s. Shot out of a car window you'll cruise slowly through the neighborhood, which is unsettlingly still—it sort of brings to life these photos of the city during that decade, which feature more broken windows than human beings. Savor the apocalyptic calm below:

Meanwhile, in Greenwich Village, everything was going just swell, old sport...

For a more lively old East Village, check out this video of Iggy Pop giving a tour of the neighborhood in the early 1990s. [via Bowery Boogie]