The Grand Street bus cruising 1970s New York

This is Park Row and Broadway in 1972. John Lindsay was the New York’s mayor; that year, he launched a short-lived quest for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Transit strikes, teacher strikes, and a sanitation workers’ walkout in the 1960s continued to cripple the 1970s city. By the end of the decade, almost a million people had left Gotham and resettled elsewhere.

But New York kept going, just like this “fishbowl” style bus is doing—cruising its way downtown back to Grand Street. The photo was taken by Joe Testagore and is part of a large collection of vintage transit photos at the wonderful nycsubway.com website.

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15 Responses to “The Grand Street bus cruising 1970s New York”

  1. alaspooryorick Says:

    link to nycsubway.com doesn’t work.

  2. Rob Says:

    I like the old photos when you can see things like that baywindow VW bus against the curb. I watched the last half of an “Emergency” episode last night, it was from 1975, there was a baywindow VW Westphalia camper in one of the shots.

    • ephemeralnewyork Says:

      Strangely, I too watched Emergency yesterday, for the first time in decades. Didn’t see the camper but I can imagine it.

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  4. Kenny Says:

    Loving the photo. Imagine Joe Buck/Jon Voight listening to Harry Harrison on 77WABC-AM.

  5. Force Tube Avenue Says:

    Thanks for the photo. Lots of memories there. The bus is traveling on Park Row – Keuffel and Esser was a well-known maker of slide rulers; we don’t have to say what happened to them. That space was then occupied by J&R, the record, and later, computer store, also gone. Further back at 222 Broadway is the Western Electric building. They made the telephones for AT&T, back when it was a “natural monopoly” as they taught us in Economics in the 1970’s. Speaking of AT&T, the far corner of this photo shows a glimpse of the Doric columns of the AT&T headquarters, at 195 Broadway. The J&R building is gone, but the Western Electric and AT&T buildings survive, with new occupants.

    • ironrailsironweights Says:

      According to some online research Keuffel & Esser survived the obsolescence of slide rules as despite being their best known products they actually were a relatively small part of their business, drafting supplies being the main share. The company moved to Hoboken, probably not long after the date of this photo, and got acquired by another company in the 1980’s. Its landmarked 1893 original headquarters still stands at 127 Fulton.

      • ironrailsironweights Says:

        Addendum: Samsonic Trading Company is still in business, still on W. 28th.

      • ephemeralnewyork Says:

        That space was J&R? I remember them well. Amazing Samsonic is still around. Thanks for this info, Ironrails

  6. Ricky Says:

    Why is it called a “fishbowl” style bus?

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