30 Photos Of New York City In 1978

Manel Armengol was in New York in 1978. His photos transport us back in time to a city in decay

Manhattan. NY 1978

Sunday morning in Manhattan. NY 1978

Manel Armengol was in New York in 1977 and 1978. A year earlier he’d been in Barcelona, where he’d witnessed the hated ‘Grises’ attacking people protesting for ‘Libertat, Amnesty, Estatut d’Autonomia’ (Freedom, Amnesty, Autonomy). New York had its own problems. This was ‘Fear City‘. The Council for Public Safety advised visitors never to leave mid-Town, stay in after 6pm, carry your keys between your fingers and be ready for fight or flight. In The Ungovernable City by Vincent J Cannato, New York was profiled:

Stabbings, robberies, muggings, graffiti, arson and rape began to strike a wider and wider portion of the population. Burglaries made people feel vulnerable, even in their once-safe homes and apartments. It wasn’t just the reality of crime and sense of broadening disorder that hurt. It was the raw fear and perception of vulnerability that seeped into every interaction of daily life…

Buy, boy, was the place vibrant. Manel transports us there:

 

Manhattan, NYC. 1978

At the Bronx. Woman with a baby stroller. NYC 1978

At The Bronx. NYC 1978

At The Bronx. NYC 1978

Central Park. Manhattan. NY 1978

Central Park. Manhattan. NY 1978

Central Park. Manhattan. NY 1978

Central Park. Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

ST. MARK'S PLACE / 2nd. AVE US 277a Manhattan. NY 1978

ST. MARK’S PLACE /
Manhattan. NY 1978

LITTLE ITALY Manhattan. NY 1978

LITTLE ITALY
Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan NYC 1978

Manhattan NYC 1978

LOISAIDA COMMUNITY, LOWER EAST SIDE Manhattan. NY 1978

LOISAIDA COMMUNITY, LOWER EAST SIDE
Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

CANAL STREET, GENERAL STORE Manhattan. NY 1978

CANAL STREET, GENERAL STORE
Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

The Bronx. Manhattan. NY 1978

The Bronx. Manhattan. NY 1978

The Bronx. Manhattan. NY 1978

The Bronx. Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

JOE COCKER AT CARNEGIE HALL Manhattan. NY 1978

JOE COCKER AT CARNEGIE HALL
Manhattan. NY 1978

At CBGB - Manhattan. NY 1978

At CBGB – Manhattan. NY 1978

At CBGB - Manhattan. NY 1978

At CBGB – Manhattan. NY 1978

Studio 54 - NYC 1978

Studio 54 – NYC 1978

Andy Warhol at Studio 54 - NYC 1978

Andy Warhol at Studio 54 – NYC 1978

"The Neon Woman at the Nightclub", Hurrah (36W 62St). Written by Tom Eyen, Directed by Ron Link, Starred Divine as Flash Storm, as strip club owner. Manhattan. NYC 1978

“The Neon Woman at the Nightclub”, Hurrah (36W 62St). Written by Tom Eyen, Directed by Ron Link, Starred Divine as Flash Storm, as strip club owner. Manhattan. NYC 1978

Divine in The Neon Woman at The Nightclub NYC 1978

Washington Square Park Manhattan. NY 1978

Washington Square Park Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Central Park Manhattan. NY 1978

Washington Square Park. Manhattan. NY 1978

Washington Square Park. Manhattan. NY 1978

Washington Square Park. Manhattan. NY 1978

Washington Square Park. Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan.NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan.NY 1978