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The ’70s “Survival Guide” Pamphlet For Visitors To New York City

You know what they say about New York City: DON’T FUCKING GO. Or at least, that’s what this “survival guide” from the ’70s would like you to think. To be fair, the dirty, dangerous New York City of 1975 is worlds removed from the glossy, mostly manicured NYC of today (people even live in Brooklyn now! by choice!), but if “Fear City” isn’t straight scaremongering, I don’t know what is.

Highlights include:

  • “…the best advice we can give you is this: Until things change, stay away from New York City if you possibly can.”
  • “Stay off the streets after 6 P.M. …Do not be misled by the late sunsets during the summer season.”
  • “Do not walk.”
  • “Remain in Manhattan.”

Needless to say, the pamphlet received enough negative publicity to prevent it from ever being distributed. You can check out all of the pages in full over at the source. [Gothamist]

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