Originally Posted by planetjoe
Amazing. I realize that I'd seen several frames from Subway before without realizing they were part of this work. It's especially poignant that I recognize some of the same locations and vistas from my years in NYC.
Somehow I got the impression (from the text of the book, maybe) that much of this was shot on what we used to call the New Lots line, and some was on the Broadway El. Both of these served areas which were the most economically and socially depressed and the most blighted.
I never took the New Lots line, but I did occasionally ride back on the Broadway El and some of the scenes at the time, just west of East New York, were right out of a war zone! Burned-out boarded and abandoned buildings, trash-strewn vacant lots, abandoned cars sans wheels, that kind of thing. I always wondered how anybody could ever live under those conditions!
It gives me the creepies just to think back to that.
I can remember the 'rents having a TOTAL COW when they once found out that I had spent the better part of a Sunday joyriding the subways with my new camera. "They will murder you for that camera! It must be worth $20!"
Here's one of the only surviving photos from that shoot, scanned from an old print.
There were many more, all which have vanished over the years.
Originally Posted by photomoof
You may have thought the city was Ugly, but I was in my twenties and the city was like Paris in the 30's. After growing up in the midwest I felt like I had moved to paradise in 1973.
My situation was just the opposite, moving out here to the midwest in the 70s. I had graduated college, was madly in love, had career and family desires, and also wanted a change just for the sake of change I guess.
I never thought the city was ugly, quite the contrary, but some of the situations were indeed ugly, and I wanted to get away from that.
I ended up liking it out here. The standard of living is very high and the cost of living is very low. People back east thought I was lying when I told of no lines at the DMV!
I never though of either NYC or Somewhere In Middle America<tm> as Paradise. Both have their good points and their bad points.