This stumbled upon photo collection from 1978 captures sweet summertime in NYC parks

Posted On Thu, May 3, 2018 By

Posted On Thu, May 3, 2018 By In Features, History, The urban lens

While recently cleaning out an office, a New York City parks employee discovered two old boxes. Inside the boxes were nearly 3,000 pictures taken in the city’s many parks during the summer of 1978. During a three-month newspaper strike, the department hired eight photographers from the New York Times to document the parks. Until this year, the photos, which had been hidden for 40 years, were never published. Now, as a collaboration between the Times and NYC Parks, a new exhibit called 1978: The NYC Parks/New York Times Photo Project, will feature 60 select photographs from the expansive collection. The exhibit opens Thursday at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park and runs until June 14. Ahead, preview these stunning images from ’78, which highlight the uniqueness and vibrant flair of NYC during this era.


Group of Boys, Coney Island, Brooklyn, 1978; photo by Paul Hosefros for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Kids on Jungle Gym, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, 1978; photo by Gary Settle for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Park Revelers, Orchard Beach (?), Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx, 1978; photo by Joyce Dopkeen for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Woman at Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, 1978; photo by Gary Settle for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Cats on Parade, Central Park, Manhattan, 1978; photo by D. Gorton, Tender Vittles for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Pig Roast, Prospect Park (?), Brooklyn,1978; photo by Neal Boenzi for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Family Salvages Picnic Table, Unidentified Park, 1979; photo by Ed Hausner for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Girls on Splintered Boardwalk, South Beach, Staten Island, 1978; photo by Neal Boenzi for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Resting Girl, Red Hook Pool, Brooklyn, 1978; photo by Paul Hosefros for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Boy at Abandoned Diving Area, Red Hook Pool, Brooklyn, 1978; photo by Paul Hosefros for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Handball, Seven Gables Playground, 1978; photo by Paul Hosefros for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Photo by Paul Hosefros for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Fiesta Folklorica, Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, Manhattan, 1978; photographer unidentified for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Photo by Neal Boenzi for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Photo by Larry Morris for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Photo by Paul Hosefros for NYC Parks Photo Archive


Photo by Paul Hosefros for NYC Parks Photo Archive

[Via NY Times]

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Images courtesy of NYC Parks Photo Archive and the New York Times

 

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