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Tourist Shares Pics Of New York City In The Early 1980s

Most tourists take a few pictures while they’re on vacation, but these pictures are generally not much to look at, focusing primarily on the tourists themselves rather than their surroundings.

But Paul Wright wasn’t your typical tourist, he was a young man from the UK visiting New York City in 1982 and 83 with lots of love for the city's seedy side in his heart and an eye for photography.

His pics capture the strange, the edgy, and downright bizarre side of NYC with wide eyed glee, and his tourist snapshots show a city which has changed quite a bit over the last thirty years.

The best part of Paul's images are the insightful comments he has included with each image, describing the story behind the photo in a delightful homage to a time when the chain stores and property developers had yet to take over NYC.

-Via Gothamist


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The first time I visited New York was in 1979. Strangely, these pictures seem older than my memories. I should dig the pictures of my trip out and see if they are as yellowed and dated -or maybe its better to just have the memories the way they are in my mind!
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