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Old 04-09-2012, 06:36 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Hi, im new to this sight, and i was wondering how bad was NYC during the 80s in the crack epidemic and how dangerous it was in the time? i heard stories about it was gritty as hell and crackheads in Times Square, subway was a mess ....but im looking for people who lived in NY or raised in the 70s and grew up or work there in those times from 1984-1990 those were the crack years right? And thank you for the replies

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Old 04-09-2012, 08:32 PM
 
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I wasn't born till the mid 80's but here is a great video of The South Bronx in the 70's 80's.
New York Bronx (South Bronx) in the 70`s and 80`s - YouTube Enjoy!
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
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In 1989 I was 15. Back when crack was wack I remember seeing about a 100 people in line in the upper west side one night when I was out with my friends from school. They were in line to buy crack. Everybody knew it including the cops and nobody including the cops could do anything about it. It was a different world then.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Glendale NY
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It had alot more soul and character back then. Yeah, crime was very high and many neighborhoods were like war zones, but it was a very interesting place back then. I always wanted to go back and experience how it was.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:01 PM
 
Location: where people are either too stupid to leave or too stuck to move
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new crack city
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:09 PM
 
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how did it end? i think the CIA stopped supplying...
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:56 AM
 
Location: NYC
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It was terrible and dangerous. Even some nice neighborhoods were severely affected. I left for a few years and when I returned, things were starting to improve.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:58 AM
 
Location: 20 years from now
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If you ever get a chance, try talking to police officers and detectives from back then. They will give you some pretty good stories.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:09 AM
 
Location: NYC
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You could walk outside n randomly step on crack viles this was the norm n not even in a bad neighborhood to ny standards at that time. Everyday crime seemed like the norm you just hoped you were not a part of it. Some neighborhoods were worse than others of course but living in a nice neighborhood did not mean it was any safer. Times square was a dump filled with pornography shops and drug dealers on every corner, police were as useless as mall cops. Trains were dirty and grafitti not to mention most of the city was grafittied and dirty. U knew u were in a decent area when there was less of it. Even as much of a war zone it seems like it was which it was but people still had regular every day lives and went to work and school n didn't notice much if they didn't really bother anybody.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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Why are people so nostalgic about NYC when it was at the height of crime and drug epidemic? I've heard more than once the comments about it "having character". The city was a MESS back then! It was damn near bankrupt with nearly every agency and service corrupt or poorly run. Complain all you want about the "hipsters", "Disneyfication", or loss of "character", but it's a MUCH better and SAFER place today, and I hope it stays that way!
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