Times Square in 1970s was gritty, dark and desperate, and it got worse in the 1980s, as did the crime situation in the rest of the city things were worse still.
1977: Clean washing hanging out to dry above a laundry one block west of the more glamorous Times Square.
1975: Shoppers on West 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues in the Times Square area.
1975: A porn shop with films and live shows near Times Square.
Exterior view of Circus Circus, an ‘adult amusement center,’ in Times Square as a man walks past wearing a hat and carrying his coat over his arm, New York, New York, 1970s. The marquee advertises exotic models, nude girls, books, magazines, games, and peep shows, as well as a juice bar and ‘high-potency protein health drinks.’
1975: Golden Dollar Topless.
$10 Complete, 1975.
Alien, 6th Ave. 1979.
Theatrical Make-Up, 1975.
Tourists in Times Square, 1975.
1975: A porn shop with cinema and live shows.
A potential customer, 1975.
1978: A card shark at work at Times Square.