Photos of NYC From Back When It Was Grimy

01.26.12 Bucky Turco

Long before New York City was a conflict-free oasis where the streets smell like roses and Times Square was safe for families, it was quite the soiled place, but in a good way. It gave the city some character as evidenced by photographer Steven Siegel’s ever growing collection of 1980s era snapshots that are burning up the internets. Here are a few of the latest photos he uploaded and there’s plenty more where those came from. (Photos: Steven Siegel/flickr)