New York in the 1970’s was a strange era. The city, beset with financial problems dealt with police corruption, blackouts and a serial killer. The Yankees were back but the city was dirty. The crime rate was up. It almost seems depressing. But in the midst of all that, New Yorkers still managed to maintain a fun spirit. New Yorkers might have gotten knocked down, but they were never out.
The world we live in today is so much different than it was 40 years ago. The biggest difference, of course, is the technology. People didn’t have the internet in 1978. It was still too expensive for most families to purchase the limited video game options available. Round-the-clock HBO was still three years away. What did people do? They spent their time outdoors.
The New York Times found a whole slew of photos made in the summer of 1978 that will get displayed May 3 through June 14 at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, near 64th Street. But you can see some of the photos at The New York Times website.
Most of the photos are like what you see here. People, young and old, without a care in the world, enjoying the day.