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New York During the 1970s

Children in South Bronx, 1970

New York City has always been a hallmark of the American dream. The city that never sleeps, packed with life and energy. Someone once said that if you stand at Times Square long enough, you’ll see the entire world walk by.

But New York City has it’s own dark past. Chilean photographer Camilo José Vergara visited New York during the Vietnam War and harsh economy. Those unique photos taken in 1970s shows us abandoned city, ghetto neighborhoods and ordinary people living ordinary lives during that hard period of time. Check out these 1970 New York photos.

Also check: Amazing Mid-century Photographs of Berlin, San Francisco, Havana and London.

WTC, 1970

WTC, 1970

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 1970

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 1970

Westchester Ave. South Bronx 1970

Westchester Ave. South Bronx 1970

Watching a socialist workers march, Lower East Side, 1970

Watching a socialist workers march, Lower East Side, 1970

View SW from the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn, 1971. Check out this place today.

View SW from the foot of the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn, 1971. Check out this place today.

View of the World Trade Center under construction from Duane Street, Manhattan, 1970. Check out this place today.

View of the World Trade Center under construction from Duane Street, Manhattan, 1970. Check out this place today.

View from the Manhattan Bridge, 1970. Check out this place today.

View from the Manhattan Bridge, 1970. Check out this place today.

Man reading a paper. View from subway platform, Westchester Ave., S. Bronx, 1970

Man reading a paper. View from subway platform, Westchester Ave., S. Bronx, 1970

View on WTC from an abandoned pier, Jersey City, New Jersey, 1970. Check out this place today.

View on WTC from an abandoned pier, Jersey City, New Jersey, 1970. Check out this place today.

Times Square, NYC, 1970

Times Square, NYC, 1970

Store window display, South Bronx, 1970

Store window display, South Bronx, 1970

Children in South Bronx, 1971

Children in South Bronx, 1971

Kids playing on an abandoned car in South Bronx, 1970

Kids playing on an abandoned car in South Bronx, 1970

South Bronx, 1970

South Bronx, 1970

A boy in South Bronx, 1970

A boy in South Bronx, 1970

Children in South Bronx, 1970

Children in South Bronx, 1970

S. Bronx, By Cross Bronx Expressway east, 1970

S. Bronx, By Cross Bronx Expressway east, 1970

Puerto Rican Wedding, East Harlem, 1970

Puerto Rican Wedding, East Harlem, 1970

Priest and passed out homeless man lying on the steps of a house, Bronx, N. Y. 1970

Priest and passed out homeless man lying on the steps of a house, Bronx, N. Y. 1970

Poster by Emory Douglas, New York, Lower East Side, 1970

Poster by Emory Douglas, New York, Lower East Side, 1970

Pier with old subway cars, South Brooklyn, 1970

Pier with old subway cars, South Brooklyn, 1970

Parachute Jump, Coney Island, Brooklyn, 1970. Check out this place today.

Parachute Jump, Coney Island, Brooklyn, 1970. Check out this place today.

Scrap metal collector on the Way to Harlem, 1970

Scrap metal collector on the Way to Harlem, 1970

In the Subway, S. Bronx, 1970

In the Subway, S. Bronx, 1970

Mott Haven, Bronx, 1970

Mott Haven, Bronx, 1970

Melrose Section, South Bronx, 1970

Melrose Section, South Bronx, 1970

Lower East Side, NYC, 1970

Lower East Side, NYC, 1970

Lower East Side, NYC, 1970

Lower East Side, NYC, 1970

Lower East Side, NYC, 1970

Lower East Side, NYC, 1970

Lower East Side, New York, 1970

Lower East Side, New York, 1970

Lower East Side, Manhattan, 1970

Lower East Side, Manhattan, 1970

Lower East Side, Manhattan, 1970

Lower East Side, Manhattan, 1970

Lower East Side, Manhattan, 1970

Lower East Side, Manhattan, 1970

Lower East Side, 1970

Lower East Side, 1970

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Stacy Curran
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Most of the photos you describe as being from the south Bronx are not. The south Bronx is actaully everything lower than 149th Street. Other areas have been described as the South Bronx based on economics or race. It’s simply not factual.

Benjamin Cotten
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Growing up in NYC and Harlem in particular; brought back memories. When you are living in the moment you don’t realize it, until, you have passed it…

Julian
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There’s a documentary on NYC photography. It’s very good. I was born in the 80s. I’ve never been to NYC. What I take so much from the photos of NYC of the 80s and before is how much times have changed for children. They used to be out playing in big groups. Not locked up in the house on their phones or tablets or watching the junk on cable TV. It was “be home before dark” and to eat. What happened?

e
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Thank you. I now have a greater understanding and more compassion for the people in the neighborhood i live in but didn’t grow up in. Not everyone grows up the way i did with an idyllic large garden and green grass. E

dentss
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God am I lucky …….

lovemachine
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Agree – really wonderful photos. too many favorites to choose from.

Geralt Nowak
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Thank you 🙂

strangerzero
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These are really amazing photos.
Thank you for sharing this.

Geralt Nowak
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Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you like it.

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