The Real Gotham: 70's New York


It’s the circle of life for artistic trends. With HBO’s premiere of “Vinyl”, a period drama set in 1970’s New York, Lomography ventures into the unique culture of the decade.

Dark days

The grit is not so nostalgic. The Nation recalls how it all came to be: Mayor Abraham Beame and Governor Hugh Carey, after a meeting with President Gerald Ford, left the White House bearing the news of the city’s near-bankruptcy. The dawn of the great national recession of 1975 hit NYC so much that it led citizens to more risque jobs, and in turn the crime rate was at an all-time high.

Cradle of the new civilization

Perhaps, a distraction from all that is bad, art served as hope. The whole city was everyone’s canvas, including bathrooms and subways. The New York Times remembers it as the time where “punk music, gonzo journalism, and disposable painting” were the in things. All that was left was to dream.

Societies within society

Carl Solomon, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs by Marcelo Noah

While men of Wall Street grunt their way to elevate the economy, the creative souls shopped around the free and intellectual market, where every artisan knew each other and exchanged ideas. Beatnik writers engage in tête-à-tête with musicians from The Bowery. Painters, writers, musicians were drinking buddies. The world seemed small, when everyone and everything was within reach.

Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers

Photos from Charlie Samuels, Jean-Luc and Plismo

Perhaps the very turning point that changed the culture and lifestyle of New York—later on the world—was of Hilly Kristal’s CBGB & OMFUG. Initially a country and blues bar, it became the home for the radical sounds that the world was yet to hear. They are later to be new wave and punk rock bands and artists. The likes of The Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, and The Police were regular performers, and it was here, at a gritty bar down at The Bowery, where statements were made through music.

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written by Ciel Hernandez on 2016-02-18 #places #news #history #event #location #nyc #new-york #new-york-city #70-s #flashback #punk-rock-cbgb


  1. frenchyfyl
    frenchyfyl ·


  2. ivaylo
    ivaylo ·

    THE RAMONES!!! Nice!

  3. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Blondie look like Sailor Twift rrr I mean Tailor Swift

  4. lindagist
    lindagist ·

    It is awesome!

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