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June 25, 2022

Gorgeous Color Snapshots of Streets of New York Taken By a Russian Tourist in 1978

The 1970s were considered a low point in New York City's modern history.

By 1970, the city gained notoriety for high rates of crime and other social disorders. The city's subway system was regarded as unsafe due to crime and suffered frequent mechanical breakdowns. Prostitutes and pimps frequented Times Square, while Central Park became feared as the site of muggings and rapes. Homeless persons and drug dealers occupied boarded-up and abandoned buildings. The New York City Police Department was subject to investigation for widespread corruption.

One of the rare high points of the city's history at that time was the opening of the mammoth World Trade Center complex in 1972.

Take a look back at the streets of New York in 1978 through these 37 gorgeous snapshots taken by Russian tourist Alex Razbash:









































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