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This is What Summer in NYC Looked Like in 1978!

By Bianca Bahamondes

This is What Summer in NYC Looked Like in 1978!
With nearly 90-degree temperatures, it feels more like summer today than it does spring! As people are looking back in time thinking,  “When was the last time it was this hot in spring?”  NYC’s Department of Parks and Recreation has also released thousands of photos of warm summer days gone.

Back in 1978, when NYC’s newspapers were on strike for several months, NYC Parks decided to hire eight New York Times photographers to document the parks across all five boroughs. The project ended with “nearly 3000 images that together serve as a time capsule of this pivotal moment for New York.”

The 1978: The NYC Parks/New York Times Photo Project is currently an open exhibition at Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, featuring over 60 colored photographs depicting NYC life in 1978. The exhibit will run from May 3 through June 14, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Here is a sneak peek of some of the wonderful images that give us a glimpse into NYC’s vibrant past:

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Gary Settle, Woman at Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, 1978, NYC Parks Photo Archive
Gary Settle, Woman at Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, 1978, NYC Parks Photo Archive
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D. Gorton, Tender Vittles, Cats on Parade, Central Park, Manhattan, 1978, NYC Parks
Neal Boenzi, Pig Roast, Prospect Park (?), Brooklyn, 1978, NYC Parks Photo Archive
Neal Boenzi, Pig Roast, Prospect Park (?), Brooklyn, 1978, NYC Parks Photo Archive
Gary Settle, Kids on Jungle Gym, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens (?), 1978, NYC Parks
Gary Settle, Kids on Jungle Gym, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens (?), 1978, NYC Parks
Paul Hosefros, Group of Boys, Coney Island, Brooklyn, 1978, NYC Parks
Paul Hosefros, Group of Boys, Coney Island, Brooklyn, 1978, NYC Parks
Photographer Unidentified, Fiesta Folklorica, Central Park, Manhattan, 1978, NYC Parks
Photographer Unidentified, Fiesta Folklorica, Central Park, Manhattan, 1978, NYC Parks
Paul Hosefros, Handball, Seven Gables Playground, 1978, NYC Park
Paul Hosefros, Handball, Seven Gables Playground, 1978, NYC Park