Footage shows a grittier New York City during the 1976 holiday season

Ghost of New York past! Family’s vintage vacation footage shows a grittier NYC during the 1976 holiday season – back when the Rocky was still out at movie theaters

  • A video shared by Stuart Bailey shows the Big Apple in the full swing of its more tumultuous decade, when the city was in the midst of a financial crisis
  • The stunning 8mm tourist footage shows New York City during the holiday season in 1976
  • More than 820,00 people fled the crime and an unreliable transit system over the course of the decade
  • New York City went nearly bankrupt as Wall Street sputtered under the economic stagnation of the era
  • By 1975 more than a million households were dependent on Welfare and in five years – from 1969 to 1974 – the city lost more than 500,000 manufacturing jobs

New York City in the 70s was not for the faint of heart with only the grittiest of folks able to survive.

A video shared by Stuart Bailey shows the Big Apple in the full swing of its more tumultuous decade, when the city was in the midst of a financial crisis. 

The stunning 8mm tourist footage shows New York City during the holiday season in 1976.   

‘This is a home movie and the music was the original music added to the Super 8mm film by the person who shot it,’ Bailey shared in the caption of the video. ‘Although it doesn’t fit the time period it was their personal choice and as such I decided to keep it true to their edit.’   

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A video shared by Stuart Bailey shows the Big Apple in the full swing of its more tumultuous decade, when the city was in the midst of a financial crisis

Blast from the past! The stunning 8mm tourist footage shows New York City during the holiday season in 1976. Times Square

The World Trade Center stands in Manhattan. The footage was captured from on a Staten Island ferry

A New Yorker holds a sign saying that 1977 would be the ‘International Husband Year.’ By then, the city would be exposed to a dangerouspower ooutage

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Roughly 20 minutes long, the footage shows iconic scenes from all over.  

New Yorkers can be seen huddled up in nice winter coats as they make through the crowded streets.  

The 1970s are considered a low point for New York City.

Decades of social turmoil reached a crescendo as middle class families moved out of the city and into the suburbs and an economic recession rattled New York’s industrial sector. 

Rocky was showing in theaters across the country at the time of the trip 

A woman walks with a New York Police Department officer in Manhattan

The Statue of Liberty can be seen while on the Staten Island Ferry

More than 820,00 people fled the crime and an unreliable transit system over the course of the decade

The city went nearly bankrupt as Wall Street sputtered under the economic stagnation of the era

What the State Island Ferry looked like onboard the bright yellow vessel, caught on film

More than 820,00 people fled the crime and an unreliable transit system over the course of the decade.

The city went nearly bankrupt as Wall Street sputtered under the economic stagnation of the era.  

By 1975 more than a million households were dependent on Welfare and in five years – from 1969 to 1974 – the city lost more than 500,000 manufacturing jobs.

During that time, because of the city’s desperation, crime spiked.

Rapes and burglaries tripled, car thefts and felony assaults doubled and murders went from 681 to 1690 a year.

An old Interborough Rapid Transit Company sign. Most of these subway lines became the number lines prominent across the city

A sign in the city reads ‘Hi mom!’ as the family tour past it on their winter vacation  in 1976

The old Staten Island Ferry sits on the Manhattan pier ready to take off for its next journey 

Areas became abandoned as the city became depopulated and arson created an atmosphere of tension in the Big Apple.

The subway system during the 70s in New York suffered as well, as graffiti and debris became the norm on trains across the city.

According to nycsubway.org, there were an outbreak of violent crimes underground in the last week of 1978, and the first two months of 1979 started off with six murders on the subway. 

There were over 250 felonies per week being recorded on the subway by September 1979, making the crime rate much higher than any other mass transits system in the world.   

Chinatown in Manhattan still was filled with delightful restaurants including Hunan Garden

The Washington Square arch sits in the entrance of the park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood

An old New York Police Department squad car, with horns and lights sitting on top of the vehicle

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