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April 6, 2017

Stunning Snapshots of New York City in 1979

There is a strong current of nostalgia for the late ’70s, even among those who never lived through it — the era when the city was edgy and dangerous, when women carried Mace in their purses, when even men asked the taxi driver to wait until they’d crossed the 15 feet to the front door of their building, when a blackout plunged whole neighborhoods into frantic looting, when subway cars were covered with graffiti, when Balanchine was at the height of his powers and the New York State Theater was New York’s intellectual salon...

Below is a collection of 65 snapshots of New York City in May 1979. The photographs were taken by PETERSHAGEN .



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