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NFT: New York City Photos - Summer 1978

Gary from The East End : Admin : 5/7/2018 3:12 pm
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In the summer of 1978, eight NY Times staff photographers, who had some time on their hands because of a newspaper strike, set out to document people using NYCís parks. They took almost 3000 photos, which were recently rediscovered in a pair of cardboard boxes, forgotten and unseen for decades.

A neat window into the past. Sixty of the photos are on display at The Arsenal Gallery inside Central Park until June 14th.

Scenes Unseen: The Summer of í78 - ( New Window )
Thanks  
Jay in Toronto : 5/7/2018 3:15 pm : link
Gary
A great picture of the..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 5/7/2018 3:17 pm : link
soda can in the water at the base of the castle in Central Park.

I can still remember going on the side streets after Yankee games and seeing them lined with burning cars on cinder blocks. The city really was a hellhole in the 70's.
It might have been a  
rebel yell : 5/7/2018 3:31 pm : link
hell hole, but there's great nostalgia. I was a sophomore in h.s and spent some of my wayward days roaming those areas. I liked the danger, excitement and unpredictability of the city back then. Of course, I was also young and stupid.
Comment by the group of people by the fountain  
giant24 : 5/7/2018 3:42 pm : link
"No one holds a smartphone."
Very cool! I would love to see the exhibition, but ...  
Boy Cord : 5/7/2018 4:02 pm : link
... probably won't be able to get up to NYC. Love the picture of the teenagers firing up. I have never partaken, but it makes me laugh.
wow. how different things were  
Victor in CT : 5/7/2018 4:03 pm : link
nice post Gary
Very Cool  
Sec 103 : 5/7/2018 4:12 pm : link
tried to find myself in one of those since that was my early 20's and I was always in the city back then.
Thanks for posting
Simpler times  
UESBLUE : 5/7/2018 4:22 pm : link
are missed here...
Great pictures, thanks for sharing...  
Dunedin81 : 5/7/2018 4:28 pm : link
I'd love to see someone roasting a pig over a pit in a public park nowadays...
I can smell the city back then (urine and trash)  
djm : 5/7/2018 4:30 pm : link
My grandparents lived east 78th and york. We were there every other weekend. My brother and I were allowed to walk out and head over to John Jay park which was across the street. NYC was our playground. Love seeing the old pics....


RE: Great pictures, thanks for sharing...  
jcn56 : 5/7/2018 4:44 pm : link
In comment 13957206 Dunedin81 said:
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I'd love to see someone roasting a pig over a pit in a public park nowadays...


NYC may have gentrified from what it was but it's not all Disneyland. You'll still find the occasional pig roast (if not directly in the ground then using a Caja China).

Hell, I was out by Breezy Point fishing at night a few years ago and stumbled on a Santeria ritual. Ritual killings of chickens pale make the pig roast look like microwaving a Cup of Noodles.
Just the pictures  
Gary from The East End : Admin : 5/7/2018 5:06 pm : link
For those who want to see/save them
Link - ( New Window )
I'm going to get to NYC to see this show soon  
JohnB : 5/7/2018 5:15 pm : link
plus the Grant Wood show at the Whitney
Thanks for posting this ...  
DonQuixote : 5/7/2018 6:06 pm : link
... and to other posters for sharing.

This was the era of my formative times in NY. My extended family still don't get it when I wax poetically about a city that was, essentially, a toilet.
Love the older folks rockin the boom box  
Stu11 : 5/7/2018 6:24 pm : link
no photo collection from the summer time in the late 70's/early 80's would be complete without a boom box
a lot of  
spike : 5/7/2018 7:41 pm : link
drug use back then
Head over to  
spike : 5/7/2018 7:45 pm : link
East New York and Brownsville and it will be like time travel back to 70s NYC
RE: RE: Great pictures, thanks for sharing...  
Pete in MD : 5/7/2018 7:49 pm : link
In comment 13957229 jcn56 said:
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I'd love to see someone roasting a pig over a pit in a public park nowadays...



NYC may have gentrified from what it was but it's not all Disneyland. You'll still find the occasional pig roast (if not directly in the ground then using a Caja China).

Hell, I was out by Breezy Point fishing at night a few years ago and stumbled on a Santeria ritual. Ritual killings of chickens pale make the pig roast look like microwaving a Cup of Noodles.

Irish-American firemen practice Santieria now?
Anyone know where that boardwalk shot may be from?  
CRinCA : 5/7/2018 7:49 pm : link
Kills me to think about walking barefoot there what with all those nail heads sticking up. Not to mention the splinters.
I spent about 60 days that summer at 161st Street  
arniefez : 5/7/2018 7:50 pm : link
and River Ave. Was one of the greatest summers of my life.
used to be a member of the  
madgiantscow009 : 5/7/2018 8:34 pm : link
Gramercy Riffs
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Del Shofner : 5/7/2018 10:03 pm : link
In comment 13957362 spike said:
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drug use back then


'78 was the year I graduated from law school. As it happens, I took the bar exam at NYU (didn't go there, that's just where the test was - right on that square there in the Village). As you walked out of the bar exam to get a breath of air during the breaks, guys were trying to sell you every drug imaginable!
Del..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 5/7/2018 10:05 pm : link
I remember going to the Village in '90 and every corner had somebody selling stuff. We used to have a group of us meet up at the Peculiar Pub and it probably wasn't under 95 or 96 when they cleaned up the drug pushers.
RE: Del..  
Del Shofner : 5/7/2018 10:27 pm : link
In comment 13957481 FatMan in Charlotte said:
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I remember going to the Village in '90 and every corner had somebody selling stuff. We used to have a group of us meet up at the Peculiar Pub and it probably wasn't under 95 or 96 when they cleaned up the drug pushers.


Yup. And whatever you might think of Giuliani and Bratton these days, they put a stop to that. But that's not to say I don't have great nostalgia for the late '70s ... :-) Despite all the crud there were some great things about the City in those days. Not better, just different. Things were on a smaller scale and less corporate.
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jcn56 : 5/7/2018 11:33 pm : link
In comment 13957369 Pete in MD said:
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In comment 13957206 Dunedin81 said:


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I'd love to see someone roasting a pig over a pit in a public park nowadays...



NYC may have gentrified from what it was but it's not all Disneyland. You'll still find the occasional pig roast (if not directly in the ground then using a Caja China).

Hell, I was out by Breezy Point fishing at night a few years ago and stumbled on a Santeria ritual. Ritual killings of chickens pale make the pig roast look like microwaving a Cup of Noodles.


Irish-American firemen practice Santieria now?


As much as they control the beach passes to drive out on the beach there, it's not just former NYPD/NYFD out there. I'd like to say these folks were Latinos, but I didn't stick around to ask questions.

And just a bit further east, by Floyd Bennett Field, is a campground by Jamaica Bay that's public access and almost entirely occupied by Russians and Guatemalans.

There's still plenty of old NY left, it's just rapidly disappearing. You don't have the lawlessness of the 70's/80's, though. The removal of squeegee guys was the start.
Heard about this ...  
BronxBob : 5/8/2018 3:22 pm : link
... on WNYC this morning. Great to see some of the photos, and nicely presented.
RE: RE: RE: Great pictures, thanks for sharing...  
Enzo : 5/8/2018 3:34 pm : link
In comment 13957369 Pete in MD said:
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In comment 13957206 Dunedin81 said:


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I'd love to see someone roasting a pig over a pit in a public park nowadays...



NYC may have gentrified from what it was but it's not all Disneyland. You'll still find the occasional pig roast (if not directly in the ground then using a Caja China).

Hell, I was out by Breezy Point fishing at night a few years ago and stumbled on a Santeria ritual. Ritual killings of chickens pale make the pig roast look like microwaving a Cup of Noodles.


Irish-American firemen practice Santieria now?

doubtful that this was taking place on cooperative property. The national park service has a fishing area on the far west end of the peninsula which, while on Breezy Point, is not located within the co-op.
My mom is trying to win a contest for concert tickets  
Greg from LI : 5/8/2018 3:40 pm : link
The contest is "the craziest true story that happened to you on your way to work" and her entry was the time she found a corpse in the backseat of a car while walking to work at Memorial Sloane Kettering in 1974.
RE: My mom is trying to win a contest for concert tickets  
BronxBob : 5/14/2018 2:25 pm : link
In comment 13958238 Greg from LI said:
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The contest is "the craziest true story that happened to you on your way to work" and her entry was the time she found a corpse in the backseat of a car while walking to work at Memorial Sloane Kettering in 1974.


I guess she'd have won on this board ... it's been a week and no one's topped this.
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