Fear City: A Survival Guide for Visitors to the City of New York published by the NYC Council for Public Safety in 1975. via Flickr.
Last year, New York City served over 52 million foreign and American tourists. Locals each have their own opinion on tourists invading the city, but according to a tourism pamphlet that surfaced on Reddit (h/t Gothamist) published by the NYC Council for Public Safety in 1975, things were considerably tougher in the streets back then.
The Council, made up of unions that included officials such as firefighters and police officers, published this pamphlet that served as an informational guide to New York City. Calling the Big Apple, “Fear City” was part of a Council scare tactic to keep tourists away–all in retaliation for a slew of layoffs that shrunk the city’s police force and other public agencies.
Helpful tips for tourists to New York City in the 1970s, published by the NYC Council for Public Safety in 1975. via Flickr.
Besides the skull on the cover, these pamphlets were meant to cast light on the grim conditions of New York City in the 1970s. They also include “helpful” tips for outsiders that include:
Clearly some of these suggestions are greatly embellished, but with continued layoffs and rising unemployment, the Council wanted to make a statement about the perils in living in a city where the police force would be shrinking. This stock footage from the 70s featured on Gothamist reveals some of “Grime and Crime” that crippled the streets in this era.
Do you think these tips may still be helpful–at keeping safe or at keeping tourists out–in NYC today?