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Fabulous Photos Show Life in Manhattan From the late-1970s

Although the late-1970s was the darkest time for Manhattan as the New York City was undergoing an unparalleled transformation. Prostitutes and pimps frequented Times Square. The city was unsafe due to social turmoil, Stabbings, robberies, and muggings. Homeless persons and drug dealers occupied boarded-up and abandoned buildings.

Here below are some stunning vintage photos that show street scenes, roads, and everyday life in Manhattan from the late 1970s. These photographs were captured by Manel Armengol.

#1 Financial District, Manhattan, 1978

Financial District, Manhattan, 1978

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#2 Loisaida Community, Lower East Side, Manhattan, 1978

Loisaida Community, Lower East Side, Manhattan, 1978

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#3 Lower Manhattan, Manhattan, 1978

Lower Manhattan, Manhattan, 1978

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#4 New York architectures, Manhattan, 1978

New York architectures, Manhattan, 1978

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#5 NYC Cabs, Manhattan, 1978

NYC Cabs, Manhattan, 1978

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#6 St. Mark’s Place and 2nd. Ave, Manhattan, 1978

St. Mark's Place and 2nd. Ave, Manhattan, 1978

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#7 St. Mark’s Place, Manhattan, 1978

St. Mark's Place, Manhattan, 1978

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#8 Sunset in Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan, 1978

Sunset in Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan, 1978

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#9 Wounded man, Manhattan, 1978

Wounded man, Manhattan, 1978

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#10 A very cold day, Manhattan, 1978

A very cold day, Manhattan, 1978

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#11 At Little Italy, Manhattan, 1978

At Little Italy, Manhattan, 1978

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#12 Manhattan street scenes, 1978

Manhattan street scenes, 1978

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#13 Financial District, Manhattan, 1978

Financial District, Manhattan, 1978

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#14 Financial District, Manhattan, 1978

Financial District, Manhattan, 1978

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#15 Frozen car, Manhattan, 1978

Frozen car, Manhattan, 1978

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#16 Girl promoting “New Camel Lights”, Manhattan, 1978

Girl promoting "New Camel Lights", Manhattan, 1978

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#17 Hobbies, Central Park, Manhattan, 1978

Hobbies, Central Park, Manhattan, 1978

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#18 In Washington Square Park, Manhattan, 1978

In Washington Square Park, Manhattan, 1978

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#19 Kenworth truck in front of “Canal Street General Store”, Manhattan, 1978

Kenworth truck in front of "Canal Street General Store", Manhattan, 1978

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#20 Lower Manhattan, Manhattan, 1978

Lower Manhattan, Manhattan, 1978

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#21 Lower Manhattan, Manhattan, 1978

Lower Manhattan, Manhattan, 1978

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#22 Mac-Cars, Manhattan, 1978

Mac-Cars, Manhattan, 1978

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#23 Manhattan at a distance, Manhattan, 1978

Manhattan at a distance, Manhattan, 1978

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#24 Moon Light, St. Mark’s Place, Manhattan, 1978

Moon Light, St. Mark's Place, Manhattan, 1978

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#25 Motorcycle, Manhattan, 1978

Motorcycle, Manhattan, 1978

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#26 Motorcycles, Manhattan, 1978

Motorcycles, Manhattan, 1978

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#27 New York architectures, Manhattan, 1978

New York architectures, Manhattan, 1978

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#28 New York architectures, Manhattan, 1978

New York architectures, Manhattan, 1978

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#29 New York architectures, Manhattan, 1978

New York architectures, Manhattan, 1978

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#30 Old people in Central Park enjoying the sun, Manhattan, 1978

Old people in Central Park enjoying the sun, Manhattan, 1978

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#31 Parking, Manhattan, 1978

Parking, Manhattan, 1978

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#32 Red car, Manhattan, 1978

Red car, Manhattan, 1978

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#33 Rush hour in Financial District, Manhattan, 1978

Rush hour in Financial District, Manhattan, 1978

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#34 Snow in Washington Square Park, Manhattan, 1978

Snow in Washington Square Park, Manhattan, 1978

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#35 Snowy street and paintings, Manhattan, 1978

Snowy street and paintings, Manhattan, 1978

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#36 St. Mark’s Place, Manhattan, 1978

St. Mark's Place, Manhattan, 1978

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#37 Subway entrance, Manhattan, 1978

Subway entrance, Manhattan, 1978

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#38 Twin Towers and light, Manhattan, 1978

Twin Towers and light, Manhattan, 1978

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#39 A man in 174st. Subway Station, Manhattan, 1978

A man in 174st. Subway Station, Manhattan, 1978

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#40 At Washington Square Park, Manhattan, 1978

At Washington Square Park, Manhattan, 1978

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#41 Building and cars, Manhattan, 1978

Building and cars, Manhattan, 1978

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#42 Cyclist, Manhattan, 1978

Cyclist, Manhattan, 1978

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#43 Snowy day in Manhattan, 1978

Snowy day in Manhattan, 1978

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#44 Sportsmen in Central Park, Manhattan, 1978

Sportsmen in Central Park, Manhattan, 1978

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#45 Sunset, Manhattan, 1978

Sunset, Manhattan, 1978

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#46 Sunset, Manhattan, 1978

Sunset, Manhattan, 1978

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#47 The Empire State Building from Downtown, Manhattan, 1978

The Empire State Building from Downtown, Manhattan, 1978

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#48 American Express Travel Service, Manhattan, 1978

American Express Travel Service, Manhattan, 1978

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#49 Blues in St. Mark’s Place, Manhattan, 1978

Blues in St. Mark's Place, Manhattan, 1978

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#50 Boys playing basketball, Manhattan, 1978

Boys playing basketball, Manhattan, 1978

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#51 Boys playing basketball, Manhattan, 1978

Boys playing basketball, Manhattan, 1978

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#52 Captured photographer, Manhattan, 1978

Captured photographer, Manhattan, 1978

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#53 Car at the Club, Manhattan, 1978

Car at the Club, Manhattan, 1978

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#54 Circle Gallery Ltd., Manhattan, 1978

Circle Gallery Ltd., Manhattan, 1978

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#55 Manhattan skyline from Staten Island, Manhattan, 1978

Manhattan skyline from Staten Island, Manhattan, 1978

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Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.


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