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History of NYC - 1970 to 1975

In the early 1970s a large movement of residents to the suburbs created a fiscal crisis in New York. Many residential buildings fell into disrepair, or lay in ruins throughout the city’s more marginalized neighborhoods where crime became an increasing concern. Despite its adversities, the city continues to make strides. The first NYC Marathon is run, making it the largest in the world. The West Village begins its annual tradition of the Halloween Parade and LGBT Pride March. The city adds staples such as B&H Photo, CBGB music club, Gray’s Papaya, and Times Square TKTS booth.

1974: South Street Seaport from Above

Aerial view of the East River showing Piers 17 and 18, South Street Seaport at Fulton Street.

Artist Credit: Celia Orgel. Reprinted with permission.

1971: World Trade Center Scale Model at Port Authortiy

Officials of New York's Port Authority discussing office space with a scale model of New World Trade Center in background.

Artist Credit: Thomas J. O'Halloran. Reprinted with permission.

1971: World Trade Center - Twin Towers Construction

Construction underway at the future site of the World Trade Center. Both of the Twin Towers are more than halfway completed.

Artist Credit: Thomas J. O'Halloran. Reprinted with permission.

1971: Aerial View of World Trade Center Construction

Overhead view of lower Manhattan with World Trade Center & other construction in progress.

Artist Credit: Thomas J. O'Halloran. Reprinted with permission.

1971: Building the World Trade Center Lobby

Photograph of the interior of the World Trade Center Lobby under construction.

Artist Credit: Warren K. Leffler. Reprinted with permission.

1971: World Trade Center Construction, Looking North

Elevated perspective of the World Trade Center construction. The Empire State Building and midtown skyline are visible in the distance.

Artist Credit: Thomas J. O'Halloran. Reprinted with permission.

1971: Twin Towers Under Construction

The construction of World Trade Center 1 and 2, colloquially known as the Twin Towers.

Artist Credit: Thomas J. O'Halloran. Reprinted with permission.

1973: West Side Highway

Photograph looking south on Westside Highway at Pier 25, with the World Trade Center visible in the distance.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1974: Subway Token Booth

Photograph of passengers waiting in line to buy tokens at a subway station booth.

Artist Credit: Jim Pickerell. Reprinted with permission.

1974: Subway Tokens

The first subway token change occurred in 1970 when the fare was raised to 30 cents and 50 million tokens were minted.

Artist Credit: Jim Pickerell. Reprinted with permission.

1973: Graffiti Covered 1 Train to South Ferry

Photograph of a graffiti covered 1 Train at the 125th Street Station on its way to South Ferry.

Artist Credit: Erik Calonius. Reprinted with permission.

1974: City Sewage Flowing into East River

Aerial photograph of untreated sewage spilling into the East River along 79th Street and The FDR Drive.

Artist Credit: Hope Alexander. Reprinted with permission.

1974: Newtown Creek Sewage Treatment Plant

Photograph of the Newtown Creek Sewage Treatment Plant in Brooklyn, which began operation in 1967 and currently treats 18% of the City's wastewater.

Artist Credit: Hope Alexander. Reprinted with permission.

1974: Houston Street between Lafayette and Broadway

Photograph of wall paintings on Houston Street which would grace the backdrop of many films and mark the style of the era.

Artist Credit: Danny Lyon. Reprinted with permission.

1974: Herald Square Traffic

A truck driver sits through a traffic Jam in Herald Square.

Artist Credit: Erik Calonius. Reprinted with permission.

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All of the misfortune and poverty of the early 1970's would come to a head in the latter part of the decade. The city faced its darkest hours as it continued to deteriorate into... Continue Reading

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