Gritty selections of crime scenes, drug busts, and arrest footage from our archive bring to life the New York of the 70s and 80s. This incredible footage—shot by freelance videographers with unfettered access—captures the inner workings of the NYPD during an era when the city appeared to be on the brink of collapse.

This large collection includes footage of investigations, interiors of precincts and a wide assortment of police vehicles. It also includes footage of ambulance crews rushing the injured to hospitals, firefighters contending with record-high arson rates, and city mortuary technicians transporting the least fortunate crime victims.

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