Welcome to New York, 1973 style! Half buried early 1960s Dodge Polara station wagon on the beach at the ocean side of Breezy Point in Queens. Abandoned apartment building at left distance.

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    1. wavz13 29 months ago | reply

      trecrowns - this photo is SO emblematic of NYC in the 1970s, but it's not like this today.
      The difference between 1973 and now is truly amazing - two different cultures.

    2. wavz13 29 months ago | reply

      Ghost Radio - good eyes, man! I didn't notice that before. I guess someone tried to drive a minibike over the abandoned Dodge.

    3. wavz13 29 months ago | reply

      Thanks for taking a look, Robert.

    4. suspiciousminds 22 months ago | reply

      What a wasteland. Amazing stuff in your stream man!

    5. wavz13 22 months ago | reply

      Thanks, Man! Things really were like this back then. We had a few "off" decades!

    6. Whiskeygonebad 13 months ago | reply

      wavz13 hits it on the head. Remember all of the tires just thrown out onto the corners that would stay for weeks till weeds started growing out from them? It was just no big deal man!

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      At most demolition sites, nothing would be cordoned/fenced-off at all !!! Kids were free to play among unstable walls, nails, shards of glass rusty steel beams. Again: No sweat man. Today you would be sued for millions in an injury case, licensed pulled and in jail.

      The 1975 Demolition of The Vaudeville Era, Boro Park Theater (c)

    7. wavz13 13 months ago | reply

      You got that right, Anthony! My friends and I used to be drawn to construction sites as kids. Nothing was cordoned off... and if you waited until after 5pm, you could sometimes start the bulldozers if the construction guys left the keys in the ignition!

    8. jeffs4653 13 months ago | reply

      "The good old days!"

    9. wavz13 13 months ago | reply

      Yep, they sure were. We could have caused a LOT of damage with those bulldozers, but had no idea of how to operate them! They had something like 4 or 5 levers and as many pedals on the floor. Just starting them up and smelling the diesel exhaust was "hooligan" enough for us. (then we would shut them down and run away laughing in case a neighbor called the police!)

    10. Smith-Bob 9 months ago | reply


    11. wavz13 9 months ago | reply

      Sadly, it was typical for 1970s New York.

    12. ct_appraiser 3 months ago | reply

      From the highways to the beaches your cars were not safe in nyc 1960s - 1980s. Thank Rudy for a great cleanup.

    13. wavz13 3 months ago | reply

      Rudy started a chain of events that eventually turned around a city that was headed toward a Detroit-like condition. One of New York's best mayors ever! It took a Republican mayor to undo the damage of 150 years of Democrat rule.

    14. cjmuller79 2 months ago | reply

      Interesting commentary on both the attitude that would let an abandoned vehicle stay on the beach long enough to get half-buried, and the fact that a car only 10 years old is in such a state. Even if vandals had begun to have their way, I can't imagine a 2004 Dodge Magnum (the closest analogue I can think of) looking like a post-apocalyptic ruin like this unless totally burnt out.

      Great photo as well!

    15. wavz13 2 months ago | reply

      That was the attitude, alright. So many things were wrong with the city that people just collectively stopped caring and became numb to the crime, blight, graffiti, burned out neighborhoods, lack of quality of life.... etc, etc.
      These were not New York's best years! Here's another view that epitomizes this sense of complete surrender: www.flickr.com/photos/wavz13/4083900643/

    16. Reconstructing Light 2 months ago | reply

      Sea shells and car shells, the perfect combination.

    17. wavz13 2 months ago | reply

      Ha! Well put...

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