Everybody's Neighborhood

"When Brian Watkins, a tourist from Utah, was murdered on a New York City subway platform in 1990, his story became inextricably entangled with that of the subway; it was just one in a long line of crimes and indignities that had convinced many that the subway was irretrievably broken. But the subway of the 1970s and 1980s was far more complicated than the simplified narratives told of it. During those two decades, graffiti, breakdowns, violent crimes, turnstile jumping, and homelessness all contributed to perception of chaos – perceptions that, with the benefit of hindsight, were only partially based in reality. And as the subway struggled, so too did the city, in ways that were intertwined with the trains below. Ultimately, “Everybody’s Neighborhood” works to retell the story of the subway of the 1970s and 1980s with a nuance that was lacking during that era – and still today."

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