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    1981 Adonis Theatre


    The ESB still dominates the midtown skyline, but much more so in 1981


    1980 transit strike


    1980 NYC Marathon - 43rd & Crescent in Queens


    Same corner today...totally changed


    John & Yoko 1980

    John Lennon & Yoko Outside Dakota Apt in Manhattan 1980 by Photoscream, on Flickr

    Radio City 1980 or 81


    Mid 80's Statue of Liberty renovations in prep for her 100th birthday




    World Financial Center construction 1984


    Skeleton of the WFC going up 1984
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    '86 street scene


    More ACI theatre themes pics, these from '86. How many of these theatres are still standing or in use?












    Market Diner at corner of Laight & West St

    Market Diner, 1970's (Ahem, 1980's) by SardineTea, on Flickr

    The same place today(from Google Earth)...


    1988 B&W

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    Excellent Collection. That Broadway Theater building toward the end of the first post must have been replaced by the completely unremarkable one (except for the sign) there now.
    1980 runners: Nice shorts!
    The Market Diner site: That doesn't look like Laight & West.

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    Lennon -- 1980 --

    The two new buildings on Laight/West are very worthy replacements.

    Shame that building on the corner of 43rd and Crescent wasn't saved.

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    With film, the best way to get the feel of an era is without narration (and sometimes with radio in the background).


    From RailroadPacific/YouTube

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    One Photographer's Fantastic Photo Collection Of 1980s NYC

    by Jen Carlson

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    (Photo by Frank Horvat)



    Photographer Frank Horvat's New York Up & Down series features fantastic photos from 1980s New York City—specifically 1982 through 1986. Horvat—who told us this morning he has an app featuring decades of photos fromhis career—has explained the project:

    "I came back to New York more than a hundred times, usually to do fashion photos, but in most cases only for two or three weeks. All the same, I have calculated that these trips, laid end to end, would add up to a stay of about two years, which is equivalent to the periods of my adult life that I spent in Switzerland, in Italy, in India or in England. But if they were measured by their emotional intensity, the years in New York would count twice as much… This is what I tried to convey by the words ‘up and down.’ The highs and lows of New York are not just the transitions from Uptown to Downtown, from the darkness of the subway to the view from the top floors of the skyscrapers, from the temperatures in January to those in July. But also the shifts, between one day and the next and sometimes between one minute and the other, from exhilaration to disappointment, from triumph to failure, from fulfilment to defeat."

    You can view more of his 1980s collection here, but Horvat's entire life's work is also worth exploring—he has taken some of the more "iconic photographs of the 20th century," and some of the most innovative, according to Artnet. He even transformed fashion photography—replacing "the goddess-model of the time with lively, unmade-up models (a girlish 'bird' or 'dolly' who could rock with the camera crew all night and display her romantic despair to the lens the next day)."

    http://gothamist.com/2014/03/13/1980s_nyc.php#photo-6

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    Ah...the tan colored business trench coats.

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    From the collection of Matt Weber on Flickr.

    West Broadway and Watts St circa 1980s (70s maybe?)

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    The same intersection today.

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    And some more recent changes at that intersection: The building at 498 Broome, just to the right of the corner building, is nearly finished being restored and upgraded to more contemporary residential. The windows have been replaced and the storefront restored. On the east-facing facade a series of old arched & bricked-in openings, overlooking the rooftop of the low-rise building at 496 Broome (owned by Yoko Ono) have been de-bricked and big single panes of glass have been installed.

    RKF has an online brochure for the retail space: http://www.rkf.com/lease-property-de...t-New_York-NY/

    498 Broome was formerly the home and studio of artists Chaim Koppelman & Dorothy Koppelman.

    Photos from May 19, 2014:












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    Tourists' Photo Treasure Trove Captures 1980s New York City

    by Hana R. Alberts


    Photos by Ed and Louise Sijmons, via Flickr sets one, two, three, and four.

    Dutch tourists Ed Sijmons and his wife Louise visited New York City for two weeks in 1980. They came away with rolls and rolls of 35mm film, and had only found the negatives of one. Until this month, when they rediscovered the rest, digitized the entire treasure trove, and put it on Flickr in four sets for the world to enjoy (h/t Jeremiah's Vanishing New York). Their images capture many things about the city that have changed: the Long Island City waterfont (above), which is strikingly barren; graffiti-covered subway cars; the rundown parachute jump at Coney Island.

    Some things, however, are constants. Like traffic, construction sites, murals, and, to some extent, the Circle Line. Enjoy the trip down memory lane.




    Ed Sijmons - Photo Sets [Flickr]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/1..._york_city.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merry View Post
    Ah, that siren at the beginning. It somehow sounded different back then...grittier. I do miss the bygone grittiness of New York City.


    fantastic video! for so many reasons lol

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    The City sure had soul in the 80's

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    I remember I couldn't wait to leave and can see why many did.

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    NYC was a hole back then. It's amazing how much it has improved (and continues to improve).

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