Bell bottoms, subway graffiti, and a sleazier Times Square in this great archival footage of New York City in the 1970s (video)

New York City of the 1970s was crime-ridden, nearly bankrupt, and people were fleeing to the suburbs in droves. It was gritty and grim but also astonishingly rich with glamour, soul, creativity, and joy. Even at its bleakest time, the city was alive.

Enjoy this glimpse of the era from the Kinolibrary archive: