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Old 07-21-2010, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Times Square back in the 80's.

Wow, the 2 movies for $5 and the karate flicks. Playhouse where had all the pinballs machines and video games.

It was gritty but I had fun going to "forty deuce" as it was called.

Eighth Avenue was where all the crime was. Hookers, drug dealers porn theaters. Hell Eighth Ave still look gritty to me now, haha.

Today Times Square is a tourist trap. Most NY'ers, who don't have to work down there, avoid it like the plague because it's too congested.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:43 AM
 
Location: QUEENS
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Lots of Pimps and ho's. With crackheads and druggies.
wasnt really the best place but now its like a freakin Disney theme park.
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Eastchester, Bronx, NY
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Eighth Avenue was where all the crime was. Hookers, drug dealers porn theaters. Hell Eighth Ave still look gritty to me now, haha.

Today Times Square is a tourist trap. Most NY'ers, who don't have to work down there, avoid it like the plague because it's too congested.


Yes, 8th Avenue between MSG and the Port Authority is only slightly better than it used to be but is still quite sketchy.

And I also don't go to Times Square unless I have to. It's pretty much just an (tourist) amusement park now.
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:46 AM
 
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What I would like to know about times square is what was it like in the 40s and 50s?
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:39 PM
 
Location: QUEENS
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What I would like to know about times square is what was it like in the 40s and 50s?
Did they even have times square back then?
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:24 PM
 
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Check out "Taxi Driver" for a good glimpse.

Yes it was sleazy, crazy, and a little dangerous if you did not know what you were doing. Nonetheless it had a certain outlaw character and appeal. Very gritty. I miss it, especially in this age of franchises and office park aethestics.
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:54 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Weren't the Ghostbusters movies filmed during that time... before the gentrification?
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:21 PM
 
Location: nyc
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Just wanted to say cool comments by all. It was old school NY. For us natives, we had no fear of it. Exactly what kids and adults do nowadays behind closed doors. It was just easier to access. Nothing wrong with that
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:40 PM
 
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As a teenage boy in the late 80's, nothing but fond memories of the place.

Walking past cops with an open 40 and hopping in and out of the various "establishments" left me with many memories. I never felt threatened, of course at 16 I was indestructinle.
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Old 07-21-2010, 05:45 PM
 
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Default It was 1978...

...I was 16 and had gone visiting the city just after school had let out. Took the bus home to the suburbs via the Port Authority bus terminal

Well, next day i read in the paper that a vagrant inside the Port Authority grabbed a police officer's gun and just started randomly shooting people in the terminal, including the police officer he grabbed the gun from.

In the fall of 1979 a gang rampaged thru the underground subway/penny arcade kiosk at 42 street and 8th Avenue beating, robbing, harassing pedestrians

My first boss took us out to lunch in 1980 to a really nice italian Restaurant on a fairly decent theater district sidestreet . When we got there the place was empty, the owner of at least 15 years told us he was on his way to going out of business because his customers didn't want to come to the restaurant because it was located too close to 8th Avenue. He had been harassed by prostitutes and even robbed while opening up his restaurant

About a decade later a bunch of junkies set fire to the old Biltmore Theater just across the street from this restaurant. The drug addicts had used the deteriorating theater as a "shooting gallery". The theater sat empty for about 15 years before it reopened

8th Avenue was always a frightening street, especially around Restaurant Row and the open parking lot that replaced the old Madison Square garden for 20 years before Worldwide Plaza opened.

The blight was so bad it spread all the way over to 6th Avenue and Bryant Park over by the library. Drug addicts and criminals used to follow commuters from the Port Authority on their walk east toward Bryant Park in the AM and repeat their trip west in the afternoon

I started to see an improvement around the late 80's and by the time Disney came in around 1996 or so i started to feel totally safe in the area

so there you have it
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