New York City in Photos: 1976-2021

As City Limits celebrates its 45th year covering New York City, a look back at photos from the archives.

A photo from the September 1992 issue of City Limits. The oroginal caption: “After the riots in Washington Heights, local youth organizers worked to transform anger into community change.” (Photo by Linda Rosier)

City Limits celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. For the last four-and-a-half decades, our reporters, editors and photographers have devoted their talents to telling the stories of New York: stories of tenants fighting for better housing conditions, small businesses fighting to stay open, advocates fighting for a government that betters serves its people, and many, many more.

As part of our anniversary celebration, we’ll be rolling out stories each month revisiting some of City Limits’ extensive archives. Below is a collection of photographs and images that have graced our pages — both print and virtual — over the last 45 years.

June/July 1976

Members of the Manhattan Valley Development Corporation, a nonprofit founded in 1968 to tackle housing issues in the Upper West Side neighborhood, along Central Park between West 100th and 110th streets.

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January 1977

The lead photo from a story about a housing plan from Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton to create a new agency, called he New York City Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, focused on preserving and repairing the city’s existing housing stock.

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