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New York in the '70's

Why was it allowed to decline so horribly?

by Anonymousreply 2704/18/2013

There was no money. It nearly went bankrupt under Abe Beame. He appealed to President Ford who refused to bail the city out.

Ed Koch was a complete asshole as a human being, but he [italic]did[/italic] make things better financially in the city.

by Anonymousreply 104/17/2013

The middle class fled by then.

by Anonymousreply 204/17/2013

Could do with some middle-class flight today.

by Anonymousreply 304/17/2013

It was more fun than today.I liked the Hell's Kitchen photo, reminded me of the apartment I grew up in.

by Anonymousreply 404/17/2013

I wish the upper class would flee and give me a better rent.

by Anonymousreply 504/18/2013

Wall Street. They refused to loan it money.

by Anonymousreply 604/18/2013

Then the city caved to Felix Rohatyn calling the shots.

by Anonymousreply 704/18/2013

I think the early 80s were even worse, when crack hit the streets. The 70s were about poverty but the early 80s were about poverty and drug addiction.

by Anonymousreply 804/18/2013

The girls n that picture are really rockin' those platforms

by Anonymousreply 904/18/2013

Are the two guys spooning a couple?

by Anonymousreply 1004/18/2013

It was actually Abe Beame who set the city on the right economic course, but it had to be a gradual recovery and that shitball Koch took credit for the harsh measures Beame put in place.

by Anonymousreply 1104/18/2013

To be fair, the Bowery had been Skid Row for decades. It wasn't just the 70s.

by Anonymousreply 1204/18/2013

It was a bad time economically for the city, yes, but it was also one of the best times to be young and fun-loving there. Those were wild and crazy years and I'll never forget them or the people I knew then.

by Anonymousreply 1304/18/2013

The 1970s was a low ebb in a lot of ways, but this is not shown by a consideration of the Bowery, which actually was starting a long process if improvement, in some areas, by the middle of the decade.

by Anonymousreply 1404/18/2013

The 70s gave us Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures and Sweeney Todd.

That alone makes NYC in the 70s an amazing time.

by Anonymousreply 1504/18/2013

Still better than the large outdoor mall that is today's Manhattan.

by Anonymousreply 1604/18/2013

Fuck you non-native New Yorkers who celebrate the Disneyfication is the best thing to happen to the City. My dad was born and raised in NYC and the 70s sound like they were exciting. He worked at the World Trade Center by day and partied at Studio 54 at night. Those days are gone forever.

by Anonymousreply 1704/18/2013

I lived in NYC during the 70's and the early 80's. I LOVED it! It almost breaks my heart to visit now.

by Anonymousreply 1804/18/2013

I think I fucked your dad, R17.

by Anonymousreply 1904/18/2013

#15 sees the world through his Broadway Opera Glasses.

by Anonymousreply 2004/18/2013

It's amazing how Times Square has transformed in less than 25 years. My company was one of the first new buildings (1500 Broadway) to relocate there. This was around 1990. The area was so bad the company paid for car service if you had to work past 8 pm because it was impossible to get a cab and the subway wasn't safe. There were still bums and homeless people all over the place, and the whole area reeked of piss. There were few restaurants for lunch (Papaya King and Theatro pizza) and people used to have to go up towards Rockefeller Center or down to Herald Square to find a deli.

Now I can't stand what it's become. I feel like I am going to have a seizure when I'm there at night with all the lights going. I can't believe Bloomberg closed it off to traffic and set it up like a mall food court. The dirty costumed cartoon characters are a great touch!

by Anonymousreply 2104/18/2013

It's obvious that R15 is Sondheim. Hey Steve, how's the bondage room?

by Anonymousreply 2204/18/2013

In the 70's you could have sex in the shower if you stayed at the Y.

by Anonymousreply 2304/18/2013

In the 70s, the New York pimps, looked like Huggy Bear and the prostitutes, LOOKED LIKE PROSTITUTES! It was great.

by Anonymousreply 2404/18/2013

OP, I am studying urban history, politics and planning.

I can give you a fairly detailed answer, but it might be boring as shit to most folks. There were definite reasons for it, though.

by Anonymousreply 2604/18/2013

I moved here at 18, in 1981. It was seemingly more edgy, and romantic as I look back, but at the time it was really nasty and awful in the day to day. EVERY neighborhood had abandoned buildings. Seems impossible. Everything was filthy and broken. Yeah, it made for great snapshots, but try getting to work on the D train from Dekalb Ave. to Rockefeller Center in the morning!

by Anonymousreply 2704/18/2013
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