The New York City of the 1980s is quite different from the city we know today. Homicides were at near-record highs, the crack epidemic was raging, and NYC had not yet experienced the wave of gentrification that has marked it in modern times.
New York Back in the 1980s
A Visual Storytelling by Lucas Compan
New York in the 1980s was an altogether different city from the safe, clean (for the most part), cosmopolitan urban playground it is today. These pictures tell a fascinating story of a gritty, graffiti-strewn city that just 20 years later would be in the thrall of gentrification.
New York Public Library’s map of images of New York City, as well as Richard Sandler's photographs, are both a treasure, indeed. Enjoy these photos of NYC from the 1980s, images that depict what New York City was like decades ago.