An amazing video showing the Upper West Side in 1977 by Mark Mannucci and Mary Larsen has been making the rounds on social media in recent days. The interviews are fantastic, displaying a wide range of views about the neighborhood. Check out the full video here. and let us know in the comments if you notice any old friends or landmarks.
Here are some of the views expressed about the neighborhood:
“It stinks,” says one woman, blaming Mayor Abe Beame and longing for the old days.
“Every other block it’s different,” says another.
“It’s becoming very gay, which is very safe to me.”
“You have extremes in this neighborhood. You have the extremely rich the extremely poor. You’ll always have problems when you have two extremes.”
“Much more interesting than the rather sterile east side.”
“There’s always someone trying to steal, rob from you, kill you.”
One couple is selling kittens to make money, another rolls her eyes about all the “transvestites”