The L Magazine circa 1977 

The Summer of ’77, a true low point for New York: the city was mired in a financial mess that showed little sign of improvement; it was one of the hottest summers on record, as unrelenting humidity enveloped a city already on edge, terrified that the “Son of Sam” lurked in the shadows waiting to claim his next victim; and perhaps the symbolic epicenter of that dysfunctional summer was the great Blackout, which led to widespread looting throughout the city, centered in Bushwick


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