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Papa Voo wrote: gwlee7 wrote: I survived.

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I always look at the ‘80’s in two phases:
1) Early ‘80’s seemed like a colder and darker time.
2) Mid to late ‘80’s pop culture explosion. 

I had consumed my entire lifetime allotment of drugs and alcohol by the time I was 23 in 1986.  Phew.  Not kidding, lucky to even be alive.  



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Papa Voo wrote: gwlee7 wrote: I survived.

I am going with this one.  


I always look at the ‘80’s in two phases:
1) Early ‘80’s seemed like a colder and darker time.
2) Mid to late ‘80’s pop culture explosion. 

I don't know if this is true everywhere, but early '80s might've been the most dangerous time in NYC in history.  It's hard to compare to say the 1980 when the Five Points Gang and all that was going on, but it was bad.  1981-1983 or so, it was worth your life to take the subway in broad daylight sometimes.  By the mid-'80s things were better and by the mid-'90s it was Disneyland.  But I agree that the decade probably needs to be split in two because the pop culture stuff and the way we think of people dressing back then really didn't start until the middle of the decade.



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I assume gwlee7's avatar is from 1986.

It's a good question when NYC was worse in that regard, maybe the 1910ish mafia reign is a contender.



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indikator wrote: I assume gwlee7's avatar is from 1986.

It's a good question when NYC was worse in that regard, maybe the 1910ish mafia reign is a contender.

Depends.  The Mafia could also keep neighborhoods safe, if you were a regular citizen not getting in their way.  The days of the Black Hand were really bad though and they would regularly blow up shops and apartments from the 1890s to the 1920s.  And they often targeted children for kidnappings and ransoms.  They were more a group of thugs from Sicily than real Mafia, although they had connections.  Between them and anarchists and communists, there was a ton of small-scale terrorism going on back then that affected the average New Yorker a million times more than Al-Qaeda ever did.

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I dislike the glorification of these organizations. It's not like the SS kept the Jews safe by putting them into the Warsaw Ghetto. Sure, they weren't robbed in there... *cough*



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The I don’t give a fuck attitude that was prevelant at least in Southern California during the 80’s



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srossi wrote: They were more a group of thugs from Sicily than real Mafia

But that is the real Mafia...



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The best thing about the 80s was PORN. Absolute best era for porn, period.



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retroken wrote: MTV/cable television/pop culture -
my millennial son has said to me - "Wow, the 80s must have been wild!" - he bases that on the crazy fashions/hairstyles/music videos he has seen I think.


And The Wild Samoans

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indikator wrote: I assume gwlee7's avatar is from 1986.


LOL. No that’s not me but it could have been easily.  That is a guy named Keith who was in the news for getting drunk and shooting his lawnmower.  He is certainly looking his finest.  



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srossi wrote: Papa Voo wrote: gwlee7 wrote: I survived.

I am going with this one.  


I always look at the ‘80’s in two phases:
1) Early ‘80’s seemed like a colder and darker time.
2) Mid to late ‘80’s pop culture explosion. 

I don't know if this is true everywhere, but early '80s might've been the most dangerous time in NYC in history.  It's hard to compare to say the 1980 when the Five Points Gang and all that was going on, but it was bad.  1981-1983 or so, it was worth your life to take the subway in broad daylight sometimes.  By the mid-'80s things were better and by the mid-'90s it was Disneyland.  But I agree that the decade probably needs to be split in two because the pop culture stuff and the way we think of people dressing back then really didn't start until the middle of the decade.
1974-1979 were by far the worst years for NYC. Open air drug supermarkets in literally every neighborhood. Hell, one of the top heroin hotspots in the late 70's was the blue seats at Madison Square Garden during Knick games. Manhattan was absolutely filthy. My neighborhood in Queens was chock full of old, decrepit apartment buildings with alcoholics and junkies galore. The Bronx was the Dante's Seventh Circle of Hell and this is well documented. I moved to Manhattan at the very end of 1979 and lived there until 1982 and it was really a much better place going into 1980 then it was even two years earlier. Why? I have no idea.



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WongLee wrote: srossi wrote: Papa Voo wrote: gwlee7 wrote: I survived.

I am going with this one.  


I always look at the ‘80’s in two phases:
1) Early ‘80’s seemed like a colder and darker time.
2) Mid to late ‘80’s pop culture explosion. 

I don't know if this is true everywhere, but early '80s might've been the most dangerous time in NYC in history.  It's hard to compare to say the 1980 when the Five Points Gang and all that was going on, but it was bad.  1981-1983 or so, it was worth your life to take the subway in broad daylight sometimes.  By the mid-'80s things were better and by the mid-'90s it was Disneyland.  But I agree that the decade probably needs to be split in two because the pop culture stuff and the way we think of people dressing back then really didn't start until the middle of the decade.
1974-1979 were by far the worst years for NYC. Open air drug supermarkets in literally every neighborhood. Hell, one of the top heroin hotspots in the late 70's was the blue seats at Madison Square Garden during Knick games. Manhattan was absolutely filthy. My neighborhood in Queens was chock full of old, decrepit apartment buildings with alcoholics and junkies galore. The Bronx was the Dante's Seventh Circle of Hell and this is well documented. I moved to Manhattan at the very end of 1979 and lived there until 1982 and it was really a much better place going into 1980 then it was even two years earlier. Why? I have no idea.



Plus the Son of Sam was on the loose killing people.

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gwlee7 wrote: Papa Voo wrote: gwlee7 wrote: I survived.

I am going with this one.  


I always look at the ‘80’s in two phases:
1) Early ‘80’s seemed like a colder and darker time.
2) Mid to late ‘80’s pop culture explosion. 

I had consumed my entire lifetime allotment of drugs and alcohol by the time I was 23 in 1986.  Phew.  Not kidding, lucky to even be alive.  

I was in the service in the mid-80’s and then got out and traveled the East Coast and consumed, smoked and snorted many things, but my actual over-consumption of D & A occurred in the early ‘90’s until 1994 when I returned home to Western PA.  


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