When that ap­peared, in 1977, it was a tough time to love New York. Do you think that was part of the rea­son it took?

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You were afraid to go out in the street at night. That’s how bad things were here. I mean, the sense of com­fort and com­mon­al­ity had just about van­ished. It was a dog-eat-dog sit­u­a­tion. But then ev­ery­body said, I’ve had enough. And that trans­for­ma­tion came overnight. Sud­denly the per­cep­tion was, we don’t have to live this way!

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