New York City in the 80s and 90s wasn't as enterprising as it is now. With the financial crisis in 1975 that left the city nearly bankrupt, the early 1980s were noted for dirty streets and skyrocketing crime rate. During this decade, NYC was perceived as the 'ghetto' for people who were 'destined' to fall into ruins.
The MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) struggled with the graffiti on the subway at least till 1992 when the Anti-Graffiti law was signed, but before the city-wide makeover happened, a Swiss photographer by the name of Willy Spiller, managed to capture some remarkable pictures from the years he lived there. These pictures first hand show you the transition phase of one of the greatest cities in the world.
WILLY SPILLER - HELL ON WHEELS, the book is currently sold out but here are a few pages from it showing the New York City from 1977 to 1984.
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