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Dirty passage 1989.

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Comments (9)

Marcello Rugai on January 23, 2009

no fear!

Michael Schäffner on February 9, 2010

wow, 11.315 views for this! I like such places for foto shootings. Regards! Michael

☮Ronan 60 countries☮ on February 10, 2010

Hello Michael,I like too !and here it was perfect !Regards.Ronan

MCMLIX on February 24, 2011

Well, here you are again, haha. You've been all over New York, eh? I click on the various pictures in different parts of NY and yours keep coming up.

☮Ronan 60 countries☮ on February 24, 2011

The bicycle my friend, the bicycle !! I cycled for 2000 km in NYC (1989,1992,1999 and 2005). I bought several old bicycles and if this one is stolen or's doesn't matter !

MCMLIX on February 25, 2011

There must have been some interesting experiences. I bet you could write a small book.

I used to live in Queens (Ridgewood), back in the 70s, and I had a 10-speed with which I used to explore, but I rarely left the borough. Well in fact, I never left it except perhaps a few minor sorties barely into Brooklyn and one trip a bit into Nassau county. Back in the 70s, it would've been very dangerous to bike through some of these neighborhoods. I didn't live too far from Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant and I definitely avoided going into those areas. The Bronx? Forget about it.

I know many of these areas are not as bad anymore, but were you concerned at all when you rode through the Bronx in 1989? Did you have any problems at any time?

☮Ronan 60 countries☮ on February 26, 2011

Hi MCMLIX, Write a book ? why not one day !! I'll like to start and try this summer a bicycle world if i've a success why not after ... I not cycled a lot in Queens, exept the first night in 1989 and i slept in Jamaica. I remember the guy who lent the room said "be careful and close the door, here it's not really safety ! Otherwise, in SoBo i moved very quiclky and taken the pictures quiclky too...Yes it was frightened, but exciting ! When it was too dangerous for me, because in 1989 i spoken a very poor english (now it's just a little better !!), i didn't took a photos.I remember to see a sofa in a tree, a kids dancing in an old day i regret to not have took a pictures. I never had a problem except in Loîsada where about ten people want the film of my camera...I was a young boy at this time took the pictures of graffiti and...dealers !! I was very lucky to stay in life ! I was in April 1989 in NYC, and do you remember this crime again a girl in central park ? It was a big news items. But i imagine NYC in the 70's was really more dangerous. I remember to crossing a basket ball area in Harlem, just for take a pictures of graffiti..Now when i remember that i think it was crazy to do that ! But i'm happy to see the NYC at the end of the 80's and a few years after..what an incredible change !! But since 09/11/2001 it's different again less free i think.

MCMLIX on March 1, 2011

Sure, a picture book of how the Bronx used to be. Maybe other parts of NYC too, if you have pics. Not a lot of text, just picture captions, basically. There are a lot of people interested in this because it was so unreal, not unlike a post-nuclear landscape. I bet you were frightened. Back in the late 70s and early 80s I used to work with a relative who was a contractor. He worked mostly in Brooklyn and Queens, but would sometimes also go to the Bronx. We never went to the really horrendous parts, like Morrisania or Mott Haven, but we did go to Hunts Point a couple of times - bad enough. I used to have to stand at the window of the apartment where we worked and look down at our truck parked at the curb to make sure no one messed with it. I left New York in the early 80s, so I'm not familiar with the crime in Central Park.

1989 might have still been very bad in New York, but the 70s were horrendous. I don't think there is any way you could have bicycled through the Bronx ghettos at that time, unless you had a deathwish - especially if you're a white guy, to be honest, which I don't know if you are.

KAZE_Wave on March 15, 2011

Very expressive! Great!

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  • Uploaded on July 24, 2007
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    by ☮Ronan 60 countries☮
    • Camera: Canon DIGITAL IXUS 850 IS
    • Taken on 1980/01/01 00:03:50
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 14.69mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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