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March 12, 2020

55 Fascinating Black and White Photos Capture Street Scenes of New York in 1979

These fascinating black and white photos were taken by John Jackson that show street scenes of New York in August 1979.
“In 1979, I vacationed in New York. These photos were taken with my Leica M3, with 50mm Summicron f2 collapsible. I copied these negatives with my Fuji X-T1, using my 18-55 with MCEX 16 extension tube, on a jig I built myself.”
Say cheese

2 firemen take a break in New York


A group of friends being photographed on the beach at Coney Island

A photographer takes a shot of the feet of someone cooling off at the fountain in Washington Square

A wide view of the beach from the pier at Coney Island



Cab and cathedral

Cars and stars

Cascade portal

Catching some rays

Catching some rays

Catching some rays

Chess is a popular spectator game in Washington Square

Chess is a popular spectator game in Washington Square

Coke and cops

Columbu, a well known body builder in the '70s and 80's was doing feats of strength to promote the opening of a new health club on 47th St.

Cool talk on a hot day

Courtyard of the Whitney Museum of American Art

Evening street scene

Fishing off the pier at Coney Island

Fuzzy man

Ghetto blaster

God bless the cheerful giver

Goodyear Blimp

Greenwich Village or Soho. “I Never Knew (something) Could Be So Much Fun!”

Happy kid

Hot day

In or near Times Square

Inner tube

Keeping cool at the fountain in Washington Square

Keeping cool at the fountain in Washington Square

Kiss Dynasty

Lining up for ice cream on a hot day on the boardwalk at Coney Island

Music on the ghetto blaster

Paper hat

Parachute jump and lifeguard. The tower was sometimes called the Eiffel tower of Brooklyn

Park Fast. (I stayed at the Taft Hotel. It's not there any more)


Prometheus is about to hurl his gift of fire upon unsuspecting diners. In the winter, this is the skating rink at Rockefeller Plaza

Protest. His headline is “A President or a Disaster. Jimmy Carter”

Sand in shoe


Slow Shutter street scene in the evening

Stars and stripes

Statue of Liberty

The New York Jockey Club

Trash talk at Coney Island


Waiting for the ferry


Winter Garden. Live from New York. Gilda Radner, Father Guido Sarducci, and Rouge

Wonder Wheel and Kabab

World Trade Centre


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