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.
  • Andy Blair 3y

    Ghost Radio - good eyes, man! I didn't notice that before. I guess someone tried to drive a minibike over the abandoned Dodge.
  • Robert Schneider 3y

    Fantastic.
  • Andy Blair 3y

    Thanks for taking a look, Robert.
  • Luca BLAST Forlani 3y

    wow
  • Reginald Van de Velde 3y

    What a wasteland. Amazing stuff in your stream man!
  • Andy Blair 3y

    Thanks, Man! Things really were like this back then. We had a few "off" decades!
  • Anthony Catalano 2y

    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!

    Female Wanted  T-Shirts 10th Ave 42st Boys & Bike Babe Boro Park Brooklyn 1976 70s

    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)
  • Andy Blair 2y

    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!
  • Jeffs4653 2y

    "The good old days!"
  • Andy Blair 2y

    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!)
  • Bob 2y

    Incredible.
  • Andy Blair 2y

    Sadly, it was typical for 1970s New York.
  • ct_appraiser 1y

    From the highways to the beaches your cars were not safe in nyc 1960s - 1980s. Thank Rudy for a great cleanup.
  • Andy Blair 1y

    ct_appraiser 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.
  • Chris Muller 1y

    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!
  • Andy Blair 1y

    Chris Muller 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:
    West Side Highway abandoned with burned out 1970s Chevy Camaro. 1975. New York. (welcome to the good old days). by wavz13
  • Paul 1y

    Sea shells and car shells, the perfect combination.
  • Andy Blair 1y

    Paul Ha! Well put...
  • Kellee Bolden 1y

    Whoa....
  • Fred Clark, Jr. 3mo

    It is a 1963. I had one.
    I will be posting some insane driving photos of it in the future. There are insane ACTION driving photos of a 1940 Studebaker from year 1955 I most recently posted. Wild stuff on city streets, back then.
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