Rare Vintage Photos Offers A Glimpse Of 1970s New York


These vintage 1970s New York photos show a city undergoing an unparalleled transformation fueled by social turmoil, economic collapse and rampant crime. New York in the 1970s fell into 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 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.

Have a look at these historic photos that show what New York city looked like in 1970s.

#1 Greenwich Village, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Greenwich Village, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

#2 Greenwich Village, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Greenwich Village, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

#3 Chinatown, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Chinatown, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

#4 Financial District, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Financial District, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

#5 House, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

 House, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

#6 Market, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Market, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

#7 Metropolitan Museum of Art, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Metropolitan Museum of Art, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

#8 Plaza Hotel, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Plaza Hotel, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

#9 Times Square, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Times Square, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

#10 Trinity Church, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

Trinity Church, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

#11 United Nations, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

United Nations, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

#12 Wall Street on Sunday, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

 Wall Street on Sunday, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

#13 West Side Highway, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

West Side Highway, photographed by Nicolai Canetti, 1976

#14 125th Street, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

125th Street, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#15 Bowery, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Bowery, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#16 Dominoes, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

 Dominoes, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#17 Drug deals in Harlem, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Drug deals in Harlem, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#18 East 125th Street, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

East 125th Street, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#19 Empire State Building, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Empire State Building, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#20 Harlem from the air, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

 Harlem from the air, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#21 Harlem from the air, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

 Harlem from the air, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#22 Harlem from the ground, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

 Harlem from the ground, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#23 Harlem from the ground, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

 Harlem from the ground, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#24 Harlem, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Harlem, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

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

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

#26 Opposite Radio City, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

 Opposite Radio City, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#27 Pike Street Mural, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

 Pike Street Mural, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#28 South Bronx, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

South Bronx, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#29 Subway, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Subway, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#30 Twin Towers, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

Twin Towers, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#31 West 59th Street, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

 West 59th Street, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

#32 West 59th Street, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977

West 59th Street, photographed by Bernard Herrmann, 1977


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Sophia Charlotte
I am a Photographer, retoucher, writer and mother of beautiful daughter. I also colorize old photographs to give them new life.

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