Most New Yorkers that I have spoken to don't even know much about it's dark history or may have seen bits and pieces of the state that New York was in during the 70's. It has been such a interesting topic as I continued to dig deeper into what caused NY to go through such a struggle. A great reference to learning more about these events is a book called "Fear City" by Phillips-Fein.
Being raised in New York will always give me a sense of pride and toughness to you that you can't put your hands on. It is a sense of pride that I feel that only other New Yorkers would understand. But this toughness mentality, the reputation that New York's hustle and grit, all started from somewhere. Unfortunately for those that were around these struggling times during the 70's can reflect on New York's reputation.
What sparked my interest in this specific time in NY's history was a flyer that was being presented to all visitors to New York. Visually the flyers were striking, with the skull of the Reaper staring right into you. The flyers sub text printed "A Survival Guide for Visitors to the City of New York" this was a warning that came with nine guidelines to all tourists and locals to be cautious in certain neighborhoods. They would hand them out to people as they arrived in airports and different stations around New York.