As A Fire Blazes In Harlem, The Basketball Game Forges On

The Game Goes On Harlem Fire 1975

This 1975 photo embodies a time period when urban grime and destruction reigned supreme throughout New York’s Harlem. Given the racial turmoil during this time, even when firefighters were called to save a burning building they often ran the risk of being assaulted while doing so.

The Jazz And Style Of 1940s Harlem

Harlem 1940

1940s Harlem. The Harlem of Malcolm X, of Duke Ellington, of Zora Neale Hurston. Prohibition is over, and African Americans are fighting a war at a time when they are still regarded as second-class citizens. The energy was palpable, as the northwestern corner of Manhattan was a petri dish for creatives, thinkers and activists whose legacy would largely shape the course of African American history in the 20th century.

When The New York City Subway Was The Most Dangerous Place On Earth

The New York City subway of today is what one might lightly call “starkly different” from its predecessors. In the 1980s, over 250 felonies were committed every week in the system, making the New York subway the most dangerous mass transit system in the world. Over the course of a decade, New York public transportation would lose over 300 million riders, largely due to its reputation as a hotbed of crime and drug use. In the gallery below, we take a look at what the New York City subways were like in the 1980s:

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Don’t Be That Guy: An Animated GIF Guide To Surviving New York (And Any Other City)

The pace is manic, there are seemingly a billion people crammed into a very small space, and it feels as though you are annoying each and every one of those one billion. Just going to New York is a feat in itself, but luckily Nathan Plye has created an entertaining guide so that getting around New York City is more manageable for you and it’s residents. Enjoy his animated GIF guide to surviving New York (and most other cities on the planet):

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