From CRX Community Forum
If you have 40 odd minutes to kill, this is a fascinating BBC documentary on New York’s mid-70’s fiscal crisis and the events leading up to the blackout: Nightmare in the City That Never Sleeps. Though the documentary has some biases – it is never mentioned for whom the city’s eventual regeneration was to benefit, nor do they do more than touch upon the incredible creativity of the time – it is a great overview of the city’s financial, political and spiritual crisis. Hard to believe now, but there was a period not so long ago that there was a real possibility that the city would be left for dead.
With (among many others): Ed Kock, Tommy Ramone, Rupert Murdoch.
A time not very long before, that this city was predominantly, and proudly, working class, considered not just liberal by such luminaries as Donald Rumsfield, but actively socialist.
Some choice quotes:
“The blackout dramatized that the civlization of the city, of New York could come to an end.”
“There was a sense at that point that the city was ungovernable, that nothing could be done.”
Despite the upbeat ending, life for many in New York would actually get worse in the 80’s and early 90’s, as the homeless flooded the streets, and the crack epidemic raged through the city. Crack actually made heroin look benign.
Followed by the trailer for the iconic John Carpenter film ‘Escape from New York’. New York as maximum security prison, which says a lot about popular perceptions of New York at the time.
Trailer for ‘Escape From New York’: