And New Yorkers think they have it bad today...
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on July 17, 2017, at 5:18 p.m. ET
Graffiti on a New York subway train in 1982.
A young couple look through the window of a graffiti-covered subway car in 1980.
Transit Police Officer Ed Provenzana and his dog named Hang On ride the subway on Dec. 15, 1980, as the city began patrolling its subway system with German shepherds.
An NYPD officer (left) inspects a homeless man sleeping in a subway car in 1982. A group of suspected criminals (right) is apprehended in the subway system in 1980.
Cops seal off a station after a quarrel ended in a man murdering his girlfriend and shooting the subway conductor who tried to shield her from him on Feb. 27, 1992.
A conductor peers out from his booth, circa 1980.
An NYPD officer tends to a stabbing victim on July 29, 1992.
Passengers ride the subway on April 26, 1980.
Transit Police Officer Joe Ehlers checks the platform at a subway station, circa 1980.
Paramedics remove the body of a woman shot and killed by an unknown shooter on a subway train, circa 1990.
Transit cops apprehend a suspected shooter on July 17, 1980.
A team of "Guardian Angels" meets before leaving to patrol the city's 230-mile subway system, circa 1980. The young people were part of a civilian volunteer patrol committed to making the subway system safe.
A man jumps the turnstile as confusion prevailed among subway riders when the long-awaited 60-cent fare took effect at the stroke of midnight on June 27, 1980.
Advertisements for a photo-processing service in a stairway at Times Square subway station, circa 1977.
A homeless man sleeps near a high-voltage rail as a subway train races by in 1991.
Commuters point to a poster sporting a caricature of a nearly nude Walter Mondale — a Democratic challenger for president — promoting an issue of Penthouse Magazine at a Times Square Station on May 12, 1984. The posters were stripped from city subways after Mayor Ed Koch declared them obscene.
Teenagers kiss in the subway in September 1983.
A smiling youth (left) is arrested after he and four others tried to rob a Brooklyn teenager aboard a subway on May 4, 1988. (They were turned away as the victim pulled out a gun and fired.) A Guardian Angels flyer (right) hangs in a shop window in the Lafayette Station on June 5, 1991.
Guardian Angels picket in support of a vigilante subway shooter court case near City Hall on Dec. 29, 1984.
Graffiti on the inside of a subway train, circa 1980.
Graffiti on the subway walls on July 27, 1972.
Lisa Sliwa, a member of the Guardian Angels who was married to the group's founder, Curtis Sliwa, patrols the subway with an unidentified fellow member of the group in the mid-1980s.
Mayor Ed Koch talks to reporters after announcing his "war" on subway crime on March 19, 1979.
A "closed" sign hangs across a subway station entrance during the transit strike on April 1, 1980.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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