Want to see what the Lower East Side was like before the Hotel On Rivington and shops dedicated to meatballs popped up? Ten minutes of exquisite footage, titled "Viva Loisaida, 1978" is now available on YouTube, showing "decay and growth in the same place." EV Grieve points to this description:

"Produced by Gruppe Dokumentation & Tylis and filmed in Loisada, by Marlis Momber, this 10 min. commercial gives a brief preview before gentrification occurred in Lower East Side in the Fall of October, 1978 with Chino Garcia & Bimbo Rivas."

The full thing is actually 40 minutes, and there seem to be DVDs available for purchase. Below, you'll get a little glimpse, with shots of the Christodora House, Tompkins Square Park, and more.

[via Bowery Boogie]