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Gross ’70s NYC Will Make You Grateful You’re Here Today

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Gross ’70s NYC Will Make You Grateful You’re Here Today

It comes as no surprise that a LOT has changed in the city since the 70s. Not just high crime rates, the city was a renowned for the dirt and mess, there was even a controversial 9-day trash strike in 1968 which left parts of the city looking like a landfill. Here is a collection of images that will make you really appreciate modern day NYC.

Compare New York in 1970 to New York in 2017, and you wouldn’t believe that you were looking at the same city. In the ’70s and ’80s New York City was seen as one of the worlds grimiest and most dangerous metropolitan areas. An unprecedented financial crisis in the mid-’70s brought Poverty which led to widespread drug use and crime. Not-so-slowly the city fell into disrepair.

Here is a snapshot of the past that will really bring home how lucky we are, at least in terms of hygiene, to live in 2017 New York City.

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Manhattan Bridge tower in Brooklyn, in June of 1974.
Danny Lyon/National Archives and Records Administration
Danny Lyon/National Archives and Records Administration
Anderson Avenue in the Bronx during the 1968 Sanitation Strike
Dennis Harper | Flickr
Dennis Harper | Flickr
Illegal dumping in the area just off the New Jersey Turnpike in March of 1973. See this same spot, now Liberty State Park.
Gary Miller/NARA
Gary Miller/NARA
People camping out for Grateful Dead tickets at The Fillmore East (525 E 11th Street) on the trash-strewn sidewalk, May 1970.
Amalie R. Rothschild
Amalie R. Rothschild
This heavily tagged Bronx sidewalk is a playground for young NYers in April of 1973.
Dan McCoy/NARA
Dan McCoy/NARA
Subway cars were so heavily graffiti-marked they are almost unrecognizable to the trains of today (May 1973).
Erik Calonius/NARA
Erik Calonius/NARA
A car chassis dumped near Breezy Point in Jamaica Bay in May of 1973.
Arthur Tress/NARA
Arthur Tress/NARA
An oil slick hugs the coast of Liberty Island in New York Harbor (May of 1973).
Chester Higgins/NARA
Chester Higgins/NARA
Construction on Lower Manhattan’s West Side and makeshift dumping ground, north of the World Trade Center, in May of 1973.
Wil Blanche/NARA
Wil Blanche/NARA