The Bronx’s best days were long gone in 1970. Below are some photos that offer a glimpse into the everyday life of The Bronx in 1970 by Camilo Jose Vergara. According to PJ O’Rourke, this is where dedicated New Yorkers from other boroughs can experience life in the wilderness. And what we see above all else is poverty. New York is a city with a rich history, so how did it fall into such a state of derelict?
In the 1970s, Bronx crime rates were high, similar to those in New York City. Particularly in the South Bronx, urban decay was severe. The borough began experiencing new population growth starting in the late 1990s and continuing to the present day.