Vintage Snapshots: The Cars Of New York City In The 1970s

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In 1973, I was a performer in an experimental theater company, and we got a gig to play in NYC, for six weeks, in the Village. Since our performances were in the evening, we had all day to roam the city. And roam I did, on foot mostly, up and down and across much of it; it was a wonderful way to get a deep immersion. When I stumbled across this collection of snapshots of NYC street scenes of the 70s, it really took me back there. So let me take you back with me…

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Cop cars, probably with slant sixes, as so many were at the time. No need to be able to go very fast in Manhattan.

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That would be the fairly youthful QE II in the background.

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Dents,

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And more dents.

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I love this shot; a familiar view of anyone who’s spent time looking down a window in NYC.

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Mack trucks dominated the heavy fleet in NYC then; here’s both an older B-Series and its replacement.

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These were once someone’s snap shots, but probably picked up at a sale or such, so no identification of the subject here. But his outfit is as vintage as the cars behind him.

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No, that’s not our troupe doing street theater (in the most literal sense), but it does evoke the times.

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