To my parents, New York is – or at least was – a dirty, crowded, and dangerous place. They like to tell stories about their trip there as newlyweds in the early 70’s. We returned there twice as a family, although I never quite understood why. It was a tough place to take a suburban family for a road trip, especially one from Toronto. The New York that I know is completely different from that of my parents. It as clean and as safe as an American city can be. It is vast, dense, and open for exploration. It also has a long history as a dense urban center – one that San Francisco still lacks, and Toronto may never have.
Here is a great set of photos of New York in the 1970’s from Allan Tannenbaum. Enjoy.