Ah, New York City in the 1970s, when Times Square was filled with XXX movie marquees, crop tops and cut offs were a sidewalk uniform, men weren't afraid of a big butterfly collar, and the lake next to Bethesda Fountain looked like the stage for a Dionysian orgy (thanks to all the music and loose joints). Here is some newly uploaded 8mm footage from 1976, bringing you to all those places and more:
The 1970s was one of the city's toughest decades, and tourists were being told to avoid subways in a "Fear City" pamphlet. Still, it had its charms, and in 1976 the NY Times released a list of 101 things to love about NYC—it included the below, some of which you may find on a 2016 list.
- "Being nostalgic about things in New York that never were so great."
- "New York's proximity to Montauk."
- "How no one takes the top newspaper off the pile."
- "Flipping the change tray in the plastic taxicab divider."
- "The coldest wind in the world on 125th Street and 12th Avenue."
- "Losing yourself in a crowd."
- "Imagining New York without anyone in it."
- "The Brooklyn Museum serving Nathan's hot dogs."
- "Looking for a place you know on the dirty restaurant list."
- "Bags of beer."
- "Subway cars with public-address speakers that don't work."
- "The apostrophe missing from DONT WALK."
Here are a couple more, shorter videos capturing the era: