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History of NYC - 1985 to 1990

In the latter half of the 1980’s New York City was working hard to recover from the decay of the 70’s. It would take some time for the economic boom of this period to catch up with the streets, still scarred and littered with rubble. Crime would continue to dominate headlines as citizens and high profile celebrities alike dealt with the harsh reality of life. The subway would continue to play an important role in the city’s development, becoming both a system of transit and mobile galleries as local artists would treat train wagons as their canvases. Despite, or perhaps even because of the hardships, this gritty period would also be defined by great stride in arts, culture and the overall style and fashio nof being a New Yorker.


1985: Ellis Island, Baggage and Dormitory Building

Photograph taken from the rooftop of Ellis Island Baggage and Dormitory Building, shows downtown Manhattan skyline in the background.

Artist Credit: Jack Boucher. Reprinted with permission.

1985: Ellis Island Ferry Building

Photograph of Ellis Island Ferry Building on the New York Harbor, taken from the south.

Artist Credit: Jack Boucher. Reprinted with permission.

1985: South Street Seaport Museum

Constructed as an unified group in 1835-36, these three brick buildings are examples of the Greek Revival commercial style. Recently restored, these buildings are now part of the South Street Seaport Museum.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1986: 71st and Broadway

Photograph of the subway station at 71st Street and Broadway for Interborough Rapid Transit (Original Line).

Artist Credit: David Sagarin. Reprinted with permission.

1986: 96th Street Train Station

Photograph of 96th Street Subway Station showing wall and ceiling treatment along the uptown platform.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1986: City Hall Subway Station Control Room

Photograph of the tile-clad control room at City Hall Subway Station in downtown Manhattan.

Artist Credit: David Sagarin. Reprinted with permission.

1986: 110th Street Train Platform

Photograph of the 110th Street and Lenox Avenue Station platform and control area.

Artist Credit: David Sagarin. Reprinted with permission.

1986: 125th Street and Broadway

Photograph of Manhattan Valley Viaduct station's east stairway and platform showing a new escalator built over the stairs.

Artist Credit: David Sagarin. Reprinted with permission.

1986: 125th Street Train Platform

Photograph of the platform and tracks of 125th Street and Broadway station (formerly Manhattan Street) on Manhattan Valley Viaduct.

Artist Credit: David Sagarin. Reprinted with permission.

1986: 152nd Street and Westchester Avenue

Photograph of the Jackson Avenue elevated station for the Interborough Rapid Transit subway in the Bronx.

Artist Credit: David Sagarin. Reprinted with permission.

1986: 169th Street Train Platform

Photograph looking south on the northbound platform of the Third Avenue Elevated Line at 169th Street in the Bronx.

Artist Credit: Jack Boucher. Reprinted with permission.

1989: Sailor Photographing a Police Man in Times Square

A sailor on liberty during Fleet Week photographs a New York City policeman on horseback in Times Square.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1989: Three Sailors Posing in Times Square

Three sailors stop to look around Times Square while on liberty during Fleet Week.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

History of NYC - 10,000+ Years Ago

Learn all about NYC’s fascinating past by exploring the natural forces that shaped the environment and landscape, along with the people who would transform the “Island of Many Hills” into the greatest and most influential city in the world.


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