Classic Subway Scene from the 1970s

Posted on: April 20th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

There’s an unspoken cardinal rule against eating meals on the subway.  It’s just frowned upon.  Especially if messy, like a greasy burger or dirty water dog.  Apparently this tie-strapped commuter from back in the day never got the memo.

This image has been archived or removed.

But seriously, though, this photo we recently stumbled upon is just so perfect.  The setting is a graffiti-sheathed subway car.  A suit sucks down a frank while his neighbor looks on in envy.  Then there’s the shades-wearing African American with legs crossed.  Close scrutiny seems to indicate that this subway scene was likely snapped on the N line (BMT) sometime in the 1970s.

However, as one commenter noted on the New York Tumblr, “If this is the L train, not much has changed.”  Well put!

Recent Stories

Chinatown Mom-and-Pops Hit by Vandals and Looting [PHOTOS]

The rioting and violence has clouded (and overwhelmed) the national protest movement formed in response to the controversial death of George Floyd by Minneapolis cops last month. It’s what dominates the narrative now. And no neighborhood is immune. Chinatown was also hard hit by looters this week. Mom-and-pop shops Buy Rite Pharmacy (215 Grand Street) […]

Protest Violence: LES Small Businesses Vandalized

A fifth night of protests spilled onto lower Orchard Street yesterday, as several businesses were vandalized. The Roasting Plant coffee shop, R&D (formerly Brigitte) on Canal street, and the Alexander Olch boutique, were all hit. Shattered windows and looting. It’s unclear what was taken from each store. With regard to Olch’s store, vandals tagged it […]

Scenes from the Looted Streets of Downtown [PHOTOS]

A weekend of violent protests and looting – fueled by the death of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis cops – left downtown Manhattan charred and shattered. Businesses in SoHo up to Union Square were some of the hardest hit. Boogie contributor Eddie Panta was eyewitness to the smash-and-grab bedlam. Part I: The Nike Store […]

DIY Banner Hung Above FDR Drive in Tribute to George Floyd

Whenever an event of significance hits the news, neighbors can easily expect a new banner unfurled on the Delancey Street foot bridge over the FDR. Indeed, for the third time in as many months, a new message. “I can’t breathe,” a tribute to George Floyd, for whom these were final words. While being placed in […]

Despite Lockdown, ‘Bel-Fries’ Overcrowded Ludlow Street with a Major Party on Sunday

What lockdown? In Hell Square, it’s almost as if the last few months were in vain. Sunday afternoon saw an overflowing party for the opening Bel-Fries on Ludlow Street. It was seemingly planned for maximum marketing value, despite the COVID-19 lockdown. A “Miami style” event with luxury cars, deejay booth, professional photo rigs, and plenty […]