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The Day New York Erupted


On July 13th, 1977, a citiwide blackout caused New York to erupt in a 25-hour spree of violence and looting. Vandals broke into sixteen-hundred stores. Arsonists set more than 1,000 fires. The mayhem that July in 1977 was the culmination of forces that had been eating away at the city's social fabric for more than a decade. There was looting and mayhem in every part of the city, but the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick was the hardest hit, and the neighborhood perfectly captured what was happening to great city neighborhoods in the 1970s.

For more information on Bushwick and the blackout of 1977, see "Up From Flames: Mapping Bushwick's Recovery, 1977-2007," an exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Send Us Your Feedback!
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The Day New York Erupted: On July 13th, 1977, a citiwide blackout caused New York to erupt in a 25-hour spree of violence and looting.

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