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Scenes Unseen: The Summer of ’78

2,924 Photos of NYC Parks Found After Being Forgotten for 40 Years



A conservancy official in New York City was cleaning out an office in late 2017 when they came across two cardboard boxes. Inside were 2,924 color slide photos of NYC parks, shot in 1978 and then forgotten for exactly 40 years.

The photographers were captured by New York Times photographers in parks across the city between August and November 1978 at a time when the press corps was holding a labor strike. Then-Parks Commissioner Gordon Davis decided to hire eight temporarily-unemployed Timesphotographers for the documentary more here