A European’s Views of New York In the 1970s

'The streets sagged and steamed with a subterranean fury. The fire escapes rattled like mad monkey cages' - AA Gill

You’ve seen the first album of photographs from Manel Armengol’s trip to in New York in 1977 and 1978, when he went backstage to meet Divine. (And don’t miss his pictures of Barcelona under attack in the 1970s.) Here’s Album 2.

 

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

 

Manhattan, NYC. 1978

Manhattan, NYC. 1978

Manhattan, NYC. 1978

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

 

Where politer European cities might have had street mimes, New York has always had the Brechtian street theatre of pavement psychodrama. The city clanked and cracked with the stress of its own fear and anger. It lashed out at the unwary. The streets sagged and steamed with a subterranean fury. The fire escapes rattled like mad monkey cages.
– AA Gill, The Times 2012

 

NYC 1978 -- The Bowery Mission building, located at 227 Bowery, between Rivington and Stanton Streets, Manhattan. It provides food, shelter, medical services and employment assistance to poor homeless men.

NYC 1978 — The Bowery Mission building, located at 227 Bowery, between Rivington and Stanton Streets, Manhattan. It provides food, shelter, medical services and employment assistance to poor homeless men.

Central Park. Manhattan. NY 1978

Central Park. Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1977

Manhattan. NY 1977

Manhattan. NY 1977

Manhattan. NY 1977

New York, 1977

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Manhattan. NY 1978

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Harlem. Manhattan. NY 1977

Harlem. Manhattan. NY 1977

Harlem. Manhattan. NY 1977

Harlem. Manhattan. NY 1977

The Bronx. Manhattan. NY 1978

The Bronx. Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1977

Manhattan. NY 1977

Central Park NYC 1978 jogging

Central Park NYC 1978

Washington Square Park. Manhattan. NY 1977

Washington Square Park. Manhattan. NY 1977

Manhattan. NY 1977

Manhattan. NY 1977

Manhattan. NY 1977

Manhattan. NY 1977

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Central Park Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan NYC 1978

Manhattan NYC 1978

Manhattan NYC 1978

Manhattan NYC 1978

Manhattan NYC 1978

Manhattan NYC 1978

Picasso Manhattan NYC 1978

Picasso sculpture – Manhattan NYC 1978

Manhattan NYC 1978 cigarettes

Manhattan NYC 1978

Manhattan NYC 1978

Manhattan NYC 1978

Manhattan NYC 1978

Harlem NYC 1977

Harlem NYC 1977

Manhattan. NY 1977

Manhattan. NY 1977

Manhattan. NY 1977

Bowery / Delancey – Manhattan. NY 1977

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

A MAN IN 174st. SUBWAY STATION G 101a Manhattan. NY 1978

A MAN IN 174st. SUBWAY STATION
Manhattan. NY 1978

Donwtown Manhattan. NY 1978

Donwtown Manhattan. NY 1978

St Mark's Place. Manhattan. NY 1978

St Mark’s Place. Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978

Manhattan. NY 1978