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New York City Squatters In The 1990s: Before The Fall

By Paul Sorene  |  Flashbak “In the 1970s, a massive downturn famously brought New York City close to bankruptcy. Landlords failed to pay property taxes and abandoned their buildings, even some still occupied by tenants. Some owners took further measures and burned buildings for insurance payouts. Empty lots quickly turned into homeless encampments and drug use and crime rates soared.” — Ash Thayer in […]

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Photos Of Fifth Avenue, New York, In The 1970s

By Paul Sorene | Flashbak “I’m a native New Yorker and still live in the City,” writes Robert Iulo. “In the 1970s I was a professional photographer doing portfolios for actors, models and dancers but what I really loved to do was street photography. I’d take my camera and roam a particular area of the city.” >> […]

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Photos of Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain on a Summer’s Day in 1976

By Karen Strike | Flashbak Bethesda Fountain sits on the lower level of the terrace of New York’s City’s Central Park. The pool features Emma Stebbins’ Angel of the Water, a fountain statue unveiled in 1873. Beneath the angels spreading wings are four cherubs representing those archetypal New York values of Temperance, Purity, Health, and Peace. The fountain commemorates the Croton […]