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Color Slides of New York City, April 1979

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“I have never returned to New York so my view of the city is stuck in time like these photos,” writes Terry from Sydney. His terrific pictures of New York City were taken in April 1979. All photos in this set were scanned from color slides.

 

NYPD Policeman 1979

New York City subway in 1979

New York City subway in 1979

I remember feeling very nervous when I took this photo. One of the other passengers remarked “That’s a nice camera”. That made me more nervous because generally people on the subway did not even look at each other much less talk.

I had never seen trains covered in graffiti like those in New York at that time. This carriage was covered inside and out including on the floor, ceiling and all the seats.

New York City 1979 - Man in Central Park thinking about something

New York City 1979 – Man in Central Park thinking about something

New York City 1979 - Shoe Shining outside Grand Central Station

New York City 1979 – Shoe Shining outside Grand Central Station

NYC from Empire State 1979

NYC from Empire State 1979

New York 1979 from World Trade Centre

New York 1979 from World Trade Centre

New York City 1979

New York City 1979 - Broadway What's on?

New York City 1979 – Broadway What’s on?

New York City 1979 - busy street with lots of people

New York City 1979-11

New York 1979 from WTC

New York 1979 from WTC

NYC Statue of Liberty and Twin Towers 1979

NYC Statue of Liberty and Twin Towers 1979

New York City subway 1979

New York City taxi 1979

New York City street 1979

NYPD 5th Precinct in 1979

NYPD 5th Precinct in 1979

New York City April, 1979 - Times Square

New York City April, 1979 – Times Square

New York City 1979 - E127 Street Scanned from colour transparencies I took in April 1979 in New York City. I have never been back to New York, so in my mind, this is what Harlem looks like. However, when I I tried to find this intersection on Google Maps, I was not able to. Everything now looks neat and tidy along E127 Street.

New York City 1979 – E127 Street

I have never been back to New York, so in my mind, this is what Harlem looks like. However, when I I tried to find this intersection on Google Maps, I was not able to. Everything now looks neat and tidy along E127 Street.

New York City 1979 - Outside Grand Central Station

New York City 1979 – Outside Grand Central Station

1979 New York City 5Av W125 St New York City Harlem April 1979. This was my last day in NYC. As I started to make my way to the airport, I drove through Harlem. I Took a picture each time I came to a red light.

1979 New York City 5Av W125 St

This was my last day in NYC. As I started to make my way to the airport, I drove through Harlem. I Took a picture each time I came to a red light.

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  • joseph powell

    A couple of years before these pics were taken, a young black woman by the name of Nickki Woods was killed on the subway in NYC; her neck was snapped, and there were two bite marks also on the neck.
    Some say it was a vampire.
    She left behind a four year-old son, who grew up to become a high school principal out in California.

    Three years before these pics were taken, an ex-Marine taxi driver went all punk and shot up a whorehouse to rescue a runaway girl; he was hailed as a hero, and won the heart of a lovely blonde woman who worked on the Palantine presidential campaign.
    They dated for about six months until she was discovered by some famous photographer, who got her started on a lucrative modeling career.
    She moved to L.A. and lived it up for quite a while, but around 1984 her accountant did her wrong and ripped her off for most of what she had; she tried to liquidate most of her investments, but opted to keep a detective agency that she had bought a couple of years earlier.