August 31, 2018

32 Impressive Photos Show How New York Has Changed Since the 1970s

These startling 1970s New York photos reveal a city undergoing an unparalleled transformation fueled by economic collapse and rampant crime.
Reeling from a decade of social turmoil, New York in the 1970s fell into a deep tailspin provoked by the flight of the middle class to the suburbs and a nationwide economic recession that hit New York’s industrial sector especially hard.

Combined with substantial cuts in law enforcement and citywide unemployment topping ten percent, crime and financial crisis became the dominant themes of the decade. In just five years from 1969 to 1974, the city lost over 500,000 manufacturing jobs, which resulted in over one million households being dependent on welfare by 1975. In almost the same span, rapes and burglaries tripled, car thefts and felony assaults doubled, and murders went from 681 to 1690 a year.

Depopulation and arson also had pronounced effects on the city: abandoned blocks dotted the landscape, creating vast areas absent of urban cohesion and life itself.

In totality, the decade was a transformative one for New York, as it reconfigured the economic and social realities of America's most prominent city. By the conclusion of the 1970s, over a million people had left the city.

Take a look at these impressive photos that capture a New York City on the brink of implosion in the mid-1970s.

Greenwich Village, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Greenwich Village, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Chinatown, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Financial District, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

House, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976


Market, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Metropolitan Museum of Art, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

 Plaza Hotel, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Times Square, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

 Trinity Church, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

 United Nations, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Wall Street on Sunday, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

West Side Highway, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

 125th Street, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Bowery, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Dominoes, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Drug deals in Harlem, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

 East 125th Street, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Empire State Building, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Harlem from the air, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Harlem from the air, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Harlem from the ground, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Harlem from the ground, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Harlem, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

NW Corner Houston and West Broadway, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Opposite Radio City, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Pike Street Mural, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

South Bronx, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Subway, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Twin Towers, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

West 59th Street, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

West 59th Street, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977





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