If you ever wondered what the subways were like in the old New York before Bloomberg and graffiti-proof cars, you don’t have to go further than this incredible 17-minute mash-up video of movies from the 70s and 80s.
Created by Jonathan Hertzberg, Dirty Old New York Subway explores the graffiti-riddled, drug-infested tunnels full of gangs, pickpockets, and all sorts of low lives.
A perennial theme of these films seemed to be gorgeous blondes getting chased by creepy men in the subway, with imperative danger awaiting them around every corner.
It may not be the most exciting 17 minutes of your life, but it has tons of highlights, and if you’re fascinated by New York culture and history, you’ll love this short.
With scenes from movies such as The Warriors and The Taking of Pelham 123, Dirty Old New York Subway shows a world that Gen-Y will never get to witness first-hand.
Before Giuliani “cleaned up” the streets, and before 9/11, New York City was a much different place, and these films serve as relics of these times. This is a reminder that we, as artists, much continue to create and capture the eras through which we live, in order to preserve them for future generations.
Check out the video below!