1970 New York City Was a Rundown, Derelict Place

Chilean-born photographer Camilo José Vergara was working on a graduate degree at Columbia University in the early 1970’s. He spent his time in the City photographic as much as he could, and captured the grit and grime from several boroughs and dozens of neighborhoods. It is hard to imagine just how big of a transformation New York City went through to get where we are today, in just 45 years none-the-less, but these photos of the “Good Old Days” may help you appreciate the efforts that went into cleaning up the City.

See over 100 more photos that Vergara snapped in the 1970’s over at Bowshrine.

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Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

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