26 Disturbing Pictures From New York Subway History

Get the Full StoryGraffiti on a New York subway train in 1982.

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A young couple look through the window of a graffiti-covered subway car in 1980.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A conductor peers out from his booth, circa 1980.

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An NYPD officer tends to a stabbing victim on July 29, 1992.

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Passengers ride the subway on April 26, 1980.

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Transit Police Officer Joe Ehlers checks the platform at a subway station, circa 1980.

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Paramedics remove the body of a woman shot and killed by an unknown shooter on a subway train, circa 1990.

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Transit cops apprehend a suspected shooter on July 17, 1980.

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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.

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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.

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Advertisements for a photo-processing service in a stairway at Times Square subway station, circa 1977.

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A homeless man sleeps near a high-voltage rail as a subway train races by in 1991.

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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.

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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.

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Guardian Angels picket in support of a vigilante subway shooter court case near City Hall on Dec. 29, 1984.

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Graffiti on the inside of a subway train, circa 1980.

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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.

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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.

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