34 Vintage Photos Of New York City In 1978

Manel Armengol was in New York in 1977 and 1978. A year earlier he’d been in Barcelona, where he’d witnessed the hated ‘Grises’ attacking people protesting for ‘Libertat, Amnesty, Estatut d’Autonomia’ (Freedom, Amnesty, Autonomy). New York had its own problems. This was ‘Fear City‘. The Council for Public Safety advised visitors never to leave mid-Town, stay in after 6pm, carry your keys between your fingers and be ready for fight or flight. In The Ungovernable City by Vincent J Cannato, New York was profiled:

Stabbings, robberies, muggings, graffiti, arson and rape began to strike a wider and wider portion of the population. Burglaries made people feel vulnerable, even in their once-safe homes and apartments. It wasn’t just the reality of crime and sense of broadening disorder that hurt. It was the raw fear and perception of vulnerability that seeped into every interaction of daily life…

Sunday morning in Manhattan. NY 1978
In the Bronx. Woman with a baby stroller. NYC 1978
In The Bronx. NYC 1978
Central Park. Manhattan. NY 1978
Central Park. Manhattan. NY 1978
Manhattan. NY 1978
ST. MARK’S PLACE /
Manhattan. NY 1978
LITTLE ITALY
Manhattan. NY 1978
Manhattan NYC 1978
LOISAIDA COMMUNITY, LOWER EAST SIDE
Manhattan. NY 1978
Manhattan. NY 1978
Manhattan. NY 1978
Manhattan. NY 1978
CANAL STREET, GENERAL STORE
Manhattan. NY 1978
Manhattan. NY 1978
Manhattan. NY 1978
Manhattan. NY 1978
Manhattan. NY 1978
The Bronx. Manhattan. NY 1978
The Bronx. Manhattan. NY 1978
Manhattan. NY 1978
JOE COCKER AT CARNEGIE HALL
Manhattan. NY 1978
At CBGB – Manhattan. NY 1978
At CBGB – Manhattan. NY 1978
Studio 54 – NYC 1978
Andy Warhol at Studio 54 – NYC 1978
“The Neon Woman at the Nightclub”, Hurrah (36W 62St). Written by Tom Eyen, Directed by Ron Link, Starred Divine as Flash Storm, as strip club owner. Manhattan. NYC 1978
Washington Square Park Manhattan. NY 1978
Central Park Manhattan. NY 1978
Washington Square Park. Manhattan. NY 1978
Washington Square Park. Manhattan. NY 1978
Manhattan. NY 1978
Manhattan. NY 1978
Manhattan. NY 1978

(Photos by Manel Armengol)

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