News__ NYC Subway 1975–1980’s

November 10, 2011 | By

Thirty years later and that wad of gum on your seat is probably still there

The New York City subway is infamously unkempt. So much so that in October, the NYC Transit Authority started a program that removed garbage bins from a string of stations in an attempt to curb its “unsightliness.” Because the program is still in its infancy, perhaps a good way to gauge how well it’s working is to take a look back—into its grimy past. Back in the late 70s and early 80s, John Conn, a Bronx photographer, captured a series of photos that have become so much a part of the subway’s history, they’re in the permanent collection at the Museum of the City of New York. The images captured the essence of the subways's every day riders and just how dirty those cars really were.

See John Conn’s collection of photos of NYC subways in the 70s and 80s below.

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