Canal Street at Broadway in Manhattan, May 16, 1984.

Canal Street at Broadway in Manhattan, May 16, 1984.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Gritty SOVL, imagine living during the Golden Age of Hip-Hop

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My parents say NYC used to be full of brothels and porn theaters and generally much seedier.

    • 1 month ago
      Chud Anon

      >full of brothels

      There’s still prostitution and the NYPD largely turns a blind eye to it, it just isn’t as blatant in advertising.

      >porn theaters

      These only went away because internet porn made them redundant

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    me and my gf go to canal street to buy fake luxury bags and belts from african immigrants

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    where did the meme come from about the 80s looking like le pink and purple vaporwave paradise when it was actually pretty...brown?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      IQfy threads about the 50s, from there

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      People that were exposed to Miami 80s memes on the internet, before then the 80s were generally considered a fun but visually grounded era. Also the first half of the 80s kind of sucked dick and Reagans first term was basically just him struggling to right America's economy as an extension of the malaise of the 70s, people always forget that in their nostalgia for the era. Hell there was even a massive recession from 1980 - 1982. The media was solid but day to day living didn't really start to notably improve until 1984.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >looking like le pink and purple vaporwave paradise
      That's a pop culture image that only existed at the tail end of the 80s for most poorgays. Before then, you could only find that style and architecture among nouveau richgays in coastal areas. Much of the actual 80s was just leftover 70s.

      Shows like Saved by The Bell were the closest you could get to that aesthetic actually being depicted as commonplace, and that was already the beginning of the 90s. So really, all of these "OMG I LOVE LE 80s" kids are nostalgic for an image that people in the 90s cooked up. None of the actual 80s looked like that.

      t. am old as frick

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Pretty much this, it's largely people conflating an early 90s aesthetic trend that emerged from a very niche 80s aesthetic as representative of the 80s as a whole. Go back and watch older content about the 80s and it's almost never got that neon vaporwave bullshit, it's mostly kind of gritty and rough around the edges.

        t. also old as frick

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Pretty much this, it's largely people conflating an early 90s aesthetic trend that emerged from a very niche 80s aesthetic as representative of the 80s as a whole. Go back and watch older content about the 80s and it's almost never got that neon vaporwave bullshit, it's mostly kind of gritty and rough around the edges.

        t. also old as frick

        To add, a lot of that neon aesthetic is also derived from Japanese 80s aesthetics that younger people seem to have basically facelifted onto the America of the 80s.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        people in the 90s thought the 80s was lame as frick

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          People in the early 90s remembered the 80s fondly. It was in the late 90s when Black person culture became popular that the 80s was looked down on for being the last decade when White people dominated popular culture.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            the late 90s was a huge shift to Black folk, since they became the dominant demography in previously White cities

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          That is how nostalgia operates, yeah.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      i forget the name for this phenomenon but if you ask the average person what they think cars were like back in the day, they'll name a bunch of luxury cars with sleek bodies. this is because those cars are the only ones that were worth being maintained and preserved for decades.

      so nobody imagines or remembers the freeways packed full of shitboxes that the average person could actually afford.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I envision everyone in that picture speaking with the Carl Brutananadilewski accent.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why would anyone except dirt poor former slaves want to live in that neighborhood

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      What?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        If your dad worked on an oil rig you deserve to live in a fancy neighborhood. If your parents were welfare leeches you deserve to live in the ghetto.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >oil rig you deserve to live in a fancy neighborhood.
          But many didn't. A lot just lived the the area they lived in or moved to a slightly better place nearby. Jumping straight to a fancy home is how you dig yourself in debt

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Things improved after the early 80s recession although there was still a lot of crime and urban decay. Also everyone thought we were going to die in World War III.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The best part of the 80s was the very tail end in 88-89 when the economy was really booming, like almost late 90s good and the Cold War was ending so there was this kind of triumphalist feeling in the air.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Things improved after the early 80s recession although there was still a lot of crime and urban decay. Also everyone thought we were going to die in World War III.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    the girl in shorts looks like an extra in Flashdance

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i agree first half of 80s was pretty fricking awful compared with second half

    >1981
    >stand in breadline
    >frick this sucks it's been 30+ years Russians are never gonna leave are they?
    >1989
    >yes, freedom sweet freedom ha ha ha go home Russian soldiers!

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    NYC has always been a wretched hive of scum and villainy, nothing has changed

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      There was probably a period during settlement that it wasn't a complete shithole

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Isn't canal street an asian area?

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I bet he was in the disco scene from the beginning and there met his woman and had some of his best moments, for over a decade since the late 60s he danced. We know disco is over and the rest of the 80s will be very different, especially in black music, but to him it has only been a few years since the "disco sucks" thing and he probably didn't pay much attention to it. One day, he will realize it is well and truly old, get a haircut and hang those flares up for the last time.

    2024 doesn't seem that much different from 2019, but I suppose with covid, the war in ukraine and israel and AI coming online everything has changed and will continue to do so. One day this too shall pass.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >I bet he was in the disco scene from the beginning and there met his woman and had some of his best moments, for over a decade since the late 60s he danced. We know disco is over and the rest of the 80s will be very different, especially in black music, but to him it has only been a few years since the "disco sucks" thing and he probably didn't pay much attention to it. One day, he will realize it is well and truly old, get a haircut and hang those flares up for the last time.
      >2024 doesn't seem that much different from 2019, but I suppose with covid, the war in ukraine and israel and AI coming online everything has changed and will continue to do so. One day this too shall pass.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    thats Black person central swamped by mongoloids. used to be decent Italian mafia territory until the mud flood of the 70s.

    NYC went from 90%white in the 50s to noggerland by the 70s

    many such cases

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >decent Italian mafia territory
      good one

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        This era was when the Mafia started finally getting dismantled in RICO busts.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >The economic recession began turning around in late summer 1982 and the US economy recorded near-continuous growth until summer 1990. Unemployment reached a peak of 13% during winter 1982-83 and declined from there.[8] The impact of the 1979-82 recession was not consistent nor did it affect all areas of the US equally; hardest hit were the Rust Belt states.

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