26 Disturbing Pictures From New York Subway History

And New Yorkers think they have it bad today...

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Transit Police Officer Ed Provenzana and his dog named Hang On ride the subway on Dec. 15, 1980, as the city began patrolling its subway system with German shepherds.

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An NYPD officer (left) inspects a homeless man sleeping in a subway car in 1982. A group of suspected criminals (right) is apprehended in the subway system in 1980.

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Cops seal off a station after a quarrel ended in a man murdering his girlfriend and shooting the subway conductor who tried to shield her from him on Feb. 27, 1992.

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A team of "Guardian Angels" meets before leaving to patrol the city's 230-mile subway system, circa 1980. The young people were part of a civilian volunteer patrol committed to making the subway system safe.

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A man jumps the turnstile as confusion prevailed among subway riders when the long-awaited 60-cent fare took effect at the stroke of midnight on June 27, 1980.


Commuters point to a poster sporting a caricature of a nearly nude Walter Mondale — a Democratic challenger for president — promoting an issue of Penthouse Magazine at a Times Square Station on May 12, 1984. The posters were stripped from city subways after Mayor Ed Koch declared them obscene.

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A smiling youth (left) is arrested after he and four others tried to rob a Brooklyn teenager aboard a subway on May 4, 1988. (They were turned away as the victim pulled out a gun and fired.) A Guardian Angels flyer (right) hangs in a shop window in the Lafayette Station on June 5, 1991.

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Lisa Sliwa, a member of the Guardian Angels who was married to the group's founder, Curtis Sliwa, patrols the subway with an unidentified fellow member of the group in the mid-1980s.

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