70s/80s New York City

70s/80s New York City This page is dedicated to time of a changing and evolving city on the verge of a revival. A nostalgic look around New York City during the 1970s and 1980s

80's New York is a visual memorial page dedicated to New York during the 1980's when New York City was nothing like the Big Apple as we know it today. The city I saw in those TV programmes I watched as a young man. Those streets and scenes, the buildings and the life that once was New York during the eighties. Fond memories for those who remember it and for those who will discover it and fall for its charm and nostalgia

Jenny Holzer’s “Untitled” (1982) featured one of her “Truisms” on a spectacular light board in Times Square as part of t...
07/16/2019

Jenny Holzer’s “Untitled” (1982) featured one of her “Truisms” on a spectacular light board in Times Square as part of the Public Art Fund’s, ‘Messages to the Public’ exhibition, 1982

Photograph by John Marchael

‘Police Car’, April 1974Photograph by Harry Bodnar
07/15/2019

‘Police Car’, April 1974

Photograph by Harry Bodnar

Grace Church, taken from 70 East 10th Street, looking north, 1977Photograph by Edmund V. Gillon Courtesy of the Museum o...
07/15/2019

Grace Church, taken from 70 East 10th Street, looking north, 1977

Photograph by Edmund V. Gillon
Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York

The long queue to enter the newly named CBGB, 2nd Avenue Theatre, December 27-31, 1977Over a period of 5 days during the...
07/14/2019

The long queue to enter the newly named CBGB, 2nd Avenue Theatre, December 27-31, 1977

Over a period of 5 days during the grand re-opening, the venue featured performances by Patti Smith, Richard Hell, The Dead Boys, Talking Heads, and a surprise, unannounced appearance by Bruce Springsteen.

Located at 66 Second Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets, a decade earlier it was known as the Anderson Theater.
The venue hosted performances by the likes of the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Yardbirds with Jimmy Page. Once Chuck Berry with Bo Diddley with Elephant’s Memory performed and had John Lennon and Yoko Ono in attendance

Photograph by Lisa J. Kristal

Orchard Street, between Stanton Street and Rivington Street, 1975Photograph by Edmund Gillon
07/14/2019

Orchard Street, between Stanton Street and Rivington Street, 1975

Photograph by Edmund Gillon

Broadway and 95th Street, 1973Sal’s Pizza, Fun City and the Symphony Space theater on the corner (to right)”Sal's Pizza ...
07/13/2019

Broadway and 95th Street, 1973
Sal’s Pizza, Fun City and the Symphony Space theater on the corner (to right)

”Sal's Pizza was legendary. I used to go for lunch when I went to P.S.75. Two slices and a lemon ice for under a buck! They moved up to 102nd and Broadway in the late 1980s and is still there."

Photograph and comment by Rosely Himmelstein

The New York City blackout, 1977 The New York blackout was an electricity blackout that affected most of New York City o...
07/13/2019

The New York City blackout, 1977

The New York blackout was an electricity blackout that affected most of New York City on July 13–14, 1977. The only neighbourhoods in the city that were not affected were in southern Queens; neighbourhoods of the Rockaways, which were part of the Long Island Lighting Company system; and the Pratt Institute campus in Brooklyn which operated its own historic power generator.

The Eighties; When Times Square was sleazy.“In the 1980s, New York City's Times Square wasn't so much the "Crossroads of...
07/13/2019
When Times Square was sleazy

The Eighties; When Times Square was sleazy.

“In the 1980s, New York City's Times Square wasn't so much the "Crossroads of the World" as it was the wrong side of the tracks.

In 1981, Rolling Stone magazine called West 42nd Street, located in the heart of Times Square, the "sleaziest block in America."

In the 1980s, New York City's Times Square wasn't so much the "Crossroads of the World" as it was the wrong side of the tracks.

1986
07/12/2019

1986

Nathan’s, Times Square, 1985
07/12/2019

Nathan’s, Times Square, 1985

Block party, East 4th Street, East Village, 1980
07/12/2019

Block party, East 4th Street, East Village, 1980

“Looking to Lower Manhattan from Ellis Island”, 1980s Photograph by Steven Siegel
07/12/2019

“Looking to Lower Manhattan from Ellis Island”, 1980s

Photograph by Steven Siegel

125th Street, view to east, 1986Photograph taken from Metro North platform on 125th Street by Mark Ivins
07/12/2019

125th Street, view to east, 1986

Photograph taken from Metro North platform on 125th Street by Mark Ivins

Washington Street and West 12th Street, 1985Photograph Brian Rose
07/12/2019

Washington Street and West 12th Street, 1985

Photograph Brian Rose

New York may be home to the Statue of Liberty and dozens of other monuments, but the city would look very different if a...
07/12/2019
These proposed New York City mega-structures would have been crazy

New York may be home to the Statue of Liberty and dozens of other monuments, but the city would look very different if a number of epic building designs had actually been constructed.

From an airport in Midtown Manhattan to an imposing tower in Times Square, and a vast Greek-style complex on Roosevelt Island, the projects would have completely changed the face of New York.

Barratt Homes has commissioned a series of 3D renderings which reveal what the remarkable designs would have looked like against the backdrop of a modern city

New York may be home to the iconic Statue of Liberty and dozens of other monuments, but the city would look very different if a number of epic building designs had actually been constructed. From a…

Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone buildings, 1973
07/12/2019

Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone buildings, 1973

Sounds, St. Marks Place on a snowy day in 1983
07/12/2019

Sounds, St. Marks Place on a snowy day in 1983

October 17, 1969The homeless blind musical genius Moondog usually busked at 6th Avenue and 53rd Street (NYC), from 1947 ...
07/11/2019

October 17, 1969

The homeless blind musical genius Moondog usually busked at 6th Avenue and 53rd Street (NYC), from 1947 to 1974, in front of Black Rock (home of CBS). He was a “human landmark”, with perhaps no one else standing at a city corner this long.

The busker (6"8 with head gear), who dressed like a viking, lost his sight at age 16 from a dynamite accident at a farm.

The first rock concert in US history on Mar 21, 1952, was named after him. Moondog Coronation Ball was held at Cleveland Arena. It was hosted by WJW DJ Alan Freed who coined the term Rock N Roll on air in 1951.

Andy Warhol designed an album cover for Moondog in 1958, winning an award from American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Moondog, aka Louis Thomas Hardin (1916 – 1999), invented an instrument called the Trimba. His music was revered by Leonard Bernstein, Arturo Toscanini, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. His song “All is Loneliness” was covered by Janis Joplin. Philip Glass and Steve Reich studied the music of Moondog. Allen Ginsberg performed with Moondog. Bob Dylan wrote about him.

In 1989, Moondog performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Photograph and article by Anthony Camerano

Empire State Building aerial view, October 1977Photograph by Harry Bodnar(Original 35mm slide)
07/11/2019

Empire State Building aerial view, October 1977

Photograph by Harry Bodnar
(Original 35mm slide)

Trash & Vaudeville, St. Mark's Place, 1982Photograph Paul Wright
07/11/2019

Trash & Vaudeville, St. Mark's Place, 1982

Photograph Paul Wright

“Travelling Family”, East 4th Street and Cooper Square, 1978Photograph by Manel Armengol
07/10/2019

“Travelling Family”, East 4th Street and Cooper Square, 1978

Photograph by Manel Armengol

Ray's Pizza on 76th Street and 3rd Avenue, 1979 - “(Photograph has double exposure)”Photograph by Peter Barron
07/10/2019

Ray's Pizza on 76th Street and 3rd Avenue, 1979 - “(Photograph has double exposure)”

Photograph by Peter Barron

Aztec Lounge, Avenue A, 1987Photograph by David Vega
07/10/2019

Aztec Lounge, Avenue A, 1987

Photograph by David Vega

“After a night of nightclubbing”;Broome Street and Avenue of the Americas at dawn, June 9, 1983Photograph by Lucien Sama...
07/09/2019

“After a night of nightclubbing”;
Broome Street and Avenue of the Americas at dawn, June 9, 1983

Photograph by Lucien Samaha

Riding on the Staten Island Ferry, July 1983Photograph by Meredith Marciano
07/09/2019

Riding on the Staten Island Ferry, July 1983

Photograph by Meredith Marciano

Manhattan, looking north from Financial District, 1988Photograph by Mark Ivins
07/09/2019

Manhattan, looking north from Financial District, 1988

Photograph by Mark Ivins

Statue of Liberty hand sans torch during restoration, March 28, 1985Photograph by Jet Lowe
07/09/2019

Statue of Liberty hand sans torch during restoration, March 28, 1985

Photograph by Jet Lowe

Brooklyn Bridge at night, 1970Photograph by George Handler
07/08/2019

Brooklyn Bridge at night, 1970

Photograph by George Handler

Times Square breaking a 47-year world record on July 21, 1977Photograph Leslie Wong
07/08/2019

Times Square breaking a 47-year world record on July 21, 1977

Photograph Leslie Wong

Playing Curb ball, Spanish Harlem, July 1978 Photograph by Chuck Fishman
07/07/2019

Playing Curb ball, Spanish Harlem, July 1978

Photograph by Chuck Fishman

Rivington Street, between Essex Street and Norfolk Street, 1970s
07/07/2019

Rivington Street, between Essex Street and Norfolk Street, 1970s

Ludlow Street and Rivington Street, looking east, 1986
07/07/2019

Ludlow Street and Rivington Street, looking east, 1986

Great Jones Street and Lafayette Street, looking south, 1977Photograph by Victor Carnuccio
07/07/2019

Great Jones Street and Lafayette Street, looking south, 1977

Photograph by Victor Carnuccio

South Street Seaport, 1989 Photograph by Tony Russo
07/07/2019

South Street Seaport, 1989

Photograph by Tony Russo

Lexington Ave. Between 57th and 58th, April 1979Photograph by Peter Barron
07/06/2019

Lexington Ave. Between 57th and 58th, April 1979

Photograph by Peter Barron

34th Street and 5th Avenue, April 1979Photograph by Peter Barron
07/06/2019

34th Street and 5th Avenue, April 1979

Photograph by Peter Barron

Times Square, 1981Photographer unknownKodachrome 64 slide
07/05/2019

Times Square, 1981

Photographer unknown
Kodachrome 64 slide

Park Avenue (“around 60th Street?”), 1980Photograph and comment by Peter Barron
07/05/2019

Park Avenue (“around 60th Street?”), 1980

Photograph and comment by Peter Barron

From the Fulton Market to the Forty-Deuce: Leland Bobbé’s New York in the 1970sIn 1970, Leland Bobbé lived on Beekman St...
07/05/2019
From the Fulton Market to the Forty-Deuce: Leland Bobbé’s New York in the 1970s

From the Fulton Market to the Forty-Deuce: Leland Bobbé’s New York in the 1970s

In 1970, Leland Bobbé lived on Beekman Street near what used to be the Fulton Fish Market. He was a musician trying to make it in the city, and in the meantime he was driving a cab to make ends meet. So, he would regularly ride his bicycle up through Chinatown, the Bowery and over to 23rd Street to pick up the cab at the depot. Eventually he began to photograph the different neighborhoods he was riding through, and the sights along his daily route – from the down-and-out to prep school children clowning around outside of class. At the time photography was just a hobby for Bobbé, but wherever he went he brought his camera. Eventually he became fascinated with Times Square – which at the time was filled with pimps and prostitutes milling around peep show establishments at all hours

An exploration of the work of Leland Bobbé, who throughout the 1970s photographed the darker side of New York City.

View from 3rd Street, 1975 Photograph by Rich Allen
07/05/2019

View from 3rd Street, 1975

Photograph by Rich Allen

34th Street and 5th Avenue, April 1979Photograph by Peter Barron
07/05/2019

34th Street and 5th Avenue, April 1979

Photograph by Peter Barron

59th and 5th Avenue, 1979 Photograph by Peter Barron
07/05/2019

59th and 5th Avenue, 1979

Photograph by Peter Barron

Near Times Square, 1976Photograph by David A. Isacowitz
07/05/2019

Near Times Square, 1976

Photograph by David A. Isacowitz

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