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1970s New York

New York City in the 1970s was dirty, dangerous, and dissolute. There was political and police corruption, rampant prostitution and poverty. Times Square was nothing like the family-friendly tourist attraction it is today. Below take a look at some articles and videos about what New York City was like in the 1970s.

“24 Hours on 42nd Street: Staying Alive on the Strip” an article by Nik Cohn published in New York Magazine (the article begins on p. 38)

“The Greatest Year: 1978″ an article by Kevin Baker published in New York Magazine

SEX: The Revolution a VH1 documentary. This segment deals with the 1970s.

NY77 – The Coolest Year in Hell a VHI Rock Doc detailing the events of 1977 in New York City