The city of New York would've looked liked a completely different place to many of us if we traveled just 3 decades back. Endless waves of crime, tatted up subway walls and train cars, poverty at an all time high. The grimey streets of NYC in the '80s and '70s made for a beautifully imperfect depiction of all the advances we take for granted today.
The photos below are images found around the internet (flickr, tumblr etc.) by superchief and are a rare and incredible view of our beloved city "back in the day".