Take a Peek at 1979 New York City Through These Vintage Photographs

New York City in 1979 was a very different kind, with a completely different feel to it. Get a small sense of what the City was like back then through these vintage photographs captured by Peter van Wijk, a radio officer in the Dutch Merchant Marine who was able to explore the City while docked here over the summer.

Like all curious newcomers to New York, he brought a camera along with him, and he took photos of iconic tourist spots like the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, and Times Square. But he also captured the seemingly ordinary street scenes that offer fleeting glimpses into the heart and soul of the late 1970s city: shoppers going in and out of mom and pop stores, musicians and vendors drawing crowds, and taxis navigating traffic-choked streets.

Check out the accompanying article for more info on Peter van Wijk or the photos.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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