New York City In The 1970s: Times Square Peep Shows And Pimps

Leland Bobbé’s photographs take us back to New York City in the 1970s, when,as he tells us, the place was a wild and dangerous place. “The city was on the verge of going bankrupt, there was a major blackout, the Son of Sam murders, the South Bronx looked like a war zone. Before gentrification neighborhoods had distinct personalities. Times Square with it’s prostitutes and peep shows was not a playground for Middle America and in the lower east side there wasn’t a Gap or a Starbuck’s, to be found; it had CBGB’s. The Bowery was the end of the line for many. Some of these shots were taken shooting from the hip, pre-focused to 6’, with a 28mm lens without looking through the viewfinder so I wouldn’t be noticed. With this group of photographs my intention was to capture the grit and personality of a unique period in New York City history. Long live The Ramones…”

 

New York City 1970s Times Square

New York City 1970’s Times Square

Times square prostites 1970s

Times Square

Times square prostites 1970s

Times Square

Times square prostites 1970s

Times Square

 

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Times square prostitutes 1970s

Times Square

Times square prostites 1970s

Times Square

 

Times square prostites 1970s

Times Square

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Times square prostites 1970s

Times Square

Times square prostites 1970s

Times Square

Times square prostitutes 1970s

Times Square

All photos Copyright Leland Bobbe.