15 Reasons Why NYC Was Better In The 80s

New York is one of the most amazing cities in the world, but it was actually even better in the 80s than it is now. Here are a few things we wish were still true about the Big Apple, and catch the The CW’s “The Carrie Diaries,” based on the bestselling prequel to “Sex and the City,” Fridays at 8/7c.

1. Each Neighborhood Had A “Crew”

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2. Phone Booths Were An Excellent Place For Portraits

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3. Rollerskates!

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4. It Was Easier To Find An Apartment

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5. You Could Put A Grill On Your Fire Escape

6. Celebrities Took The Subway

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7. Skateboarding Was Allowed

8. Grafitti Was Considered Artistic

9. Coffee Was Less Than $1

10. It Was Completely OK To Eat Every Meal In A Diner

11. It Was So Much Easier To Get A Cab

12. There Was No Such Thing As A Bad Outfit

13. The Clubs Were Actually Fun

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14. The Subways Had More Personality

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15. You Could Fall In Love At The Arcade

Photo credit: From The Forty-Deuce: The Times Square Photographs of Bill Butterworth, 1983-1984 edited by Hilton Ariel Ruiz and Beatriz Ruiz, published by powerHouse Books

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