History of NYC - 1975 to 1980

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 crime and disarray. In 1977, the entire city loses electrical power in a massive blackout. Unlike the previous blackout twelve years earlier, this one is followed by widespread rioting and looting. Many neighborhoods, most notably Bushwick, were almost completely demolished. The city seeks to update its lagging image with the I ♥ NY advertising campaigns designed by Milton Glaser.


1977: Downtown Manhattan Skyline in the Winter

Photograph taken from Brooklyn shows the World Trade Center over a partially frozen East River.

1975: Statue of Liberty Flame

Photograph taken from the Statue of Liberty shows a recently renovated torch with lower Manhattan's skyline in the background.

1975: Aerial View of Queensborough Bridge and Manhattan

A bird's eye view of the Queensboro Bridge, Spanning East river & Blackwell's Island, with Manhattan's iconic skyline in the background.

1975: Manhattan Skyline at Dusk

Photograph of New York City's Skyline after sunset.

1975: New York City Skyline Lights

Photograph of New York City's skyscrapers as dusk approaches. Taken on January 10th, 1975.

1978: Aerial View of the Brooklyn Bridge

View looking East of the Brooklyn Bridge, spanning the East River between Park Row, Manhattan and Sands Street, Brooklyn.


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The early 1980s marks a drastic transition as the City enjoys another decade of prosperity while the exodus of middle class residents to suburban areas has radically altered the... Continue Reading

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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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