Vintage Photograph Shows Midtown's 42nd Street "The Deuce" Circa 1972

42nd Street, also known as "The Great White Way"/ "The Deuce", circa 1972
42nd Street, also known as "The Great White Way"/ "The Deuce", circa 1972
Photo: r/nyc

It's been a few decades since Midtown Manhattan's 42nd Street—a.k.a. The Deuce—had any adult theaters, adult bookstores, or sex shops on it, so this great vintage photograph from around 1972 shows just how seedy Old New York could be. Here is a Google StreetView of how the same stretch of 42nd Street looks today:

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