New York used to be a different town than it is today. People use terms like “Old New York,” and “The Bad Old Days” to talk about the 70s and 80s. In fact, the crime wave that is associated with New York City lasted well through the late 1990s.
For example, in 1977 there were 1,919 murders in New York. By 1991 that number reached an all-time high of 2,571. The murder rate didn’t dip below 1,000 until 1998. To put it in perspective, from 2000-2010, it has been hanging around 800.
I recently stumbled across a treasure trove of photos from this lost era. Some are watermarked, but many are from message boards and peoples flickrs, so it’s hard to give photo credits. Here are a few of the authors I was able to figure out:
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