Above: A row of art galleries on E. 10th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues, May 25, 1960. Below, same location in March 2016. Photos © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah

Above: A row of art galleries on E. 10th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues, May 25, 1960. Below, same location in March 2016. Photos © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah

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  That things ain't what they used to be is a song that most people are perhaps bored of hearing.

  But it is an important song.

  The point of all the Save the Village tours is that New York - and everywhere else - needs to learn to strike a balance between progress and preservation. You be the judge: Which version of East 10th St. is preferable? One has decorative stoops, big glass windowed businesses that seem inviting and some personality.

  The other version has uniform brick walls.

  The weather is turning and it is a great time to schedule a walking tour where you can see first hand the changes to various streets and buildings and shake off those winter blahs.