1970′s New York City in Pictures

20 Feb

A look at New York City in the 1970′s.

Alot has changed in New York City. Once know for it’s working-girl laden Meatpacking District, rundown pockets of neighborhoods, and peep-show heaven 42nd Street, New York has transformed itself.  Gone is the seediness once depicted in Martin Scorsese’s film Taxi Driver.

A plethora of films used the streets of New City during the 70′s as their backdrop. Some include The Godfather (1972), Shaft (1971), Mean Streets (1973), Serpico (1973), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), and who can forget Dog Day Afternoon (1975) with Al Pacino, who portrayed a bank robber whose quick heist turns into a hostage situation. That film was shot in Brooklyn, at the Chase Manhattan Bank, on the corner of East Third Street and Avenue P. Besides being rich in film and social history, it is also rich in photography opportunities. Here is look back on images from 1970′s New York City.

Greenwich Village, 6th Ave & 4th St – 1971

The Village, Christopher Street – 1970

7th Ave & Christopher Street

Streets of New York

John Lennon

World Trade Center

Soho, Dave’s Restuarant

Subway Train Interior

42nd Peep Show Way

Empire Diner (still in business)

Bicentennial by the Seaport 1976. To see more photos of the Bicentennial click here.

President Jimmy Cater and Manachem Begin

Gay Pride 1975

Gas Lines in Brooklyn, due to the oil crisis of 1973. Read more about this 1973 Oil Crisis.

Lower East Side

South Bronx


46th Street

Park Ave, Pam Am Building, now the MetLife Building

Front Street

FDR Underpass

Sources: WiredNewYork

Check out this video which has loads of NYC photos from the 70′s (and 80′s).

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