Urban Riots # NY77

A most eloquent description of the 1977 New York City Blackout from the Emmy-nominated documentary NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell (Henry Corra – 2007).

The film tells the story of an astonishing period when creation came out of chaos: in an impoverished, sleazy yet funky New York the candidates for the mayorship dispute over the city’s safety while a serial killer (Son of Sam) is on loose and a major looting takes place.

On the other hand sexual revolution was in full swing in Plato’s Retreat, rap battles and B boyz were breaking down in South Bronx, punk rock burst from CBGB’s Lower East Side and Larry Levan was spinning the disco revolution over Greenwich Village.

Borders were fuzzy as everything went through the Nuyorikan funnel ending to an all-sweeping party in the Big Apple’s Grid. Inspiring and highly recommended (clip best viewed at…)

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