The difference between New York City now and NYC in the 80’s is one of drastic proportions. In the 80’s crack, sex and violence made New York City a wild, dangerous place to be. It was also when New York’s art scene took the world by storm. Swiss photographer Willy Spiller photographed NYC’s subways during that time and created a photo series titled Hell on Wheels. The series captures the true grittiness and rawness of NYC at that time in such an enthralling way. Hell on Wheels shows the many aspects of New York City in such a poignant manner, that it’s hard to not look at these images obsessively. Check out the photo series from Willy Spiller below.

Images via Fubiz

  • Ana Ojha

    Love the perspectives of these pictures captured! One can see a huge transformation from 80’s to present NYC!

  • Deepa Malhotra Gandhi

    It’s so nice to see pictures from old times. Thanks for sharing.

  • These are awesome! Such a cool historical snapshot of an iconic destination.

  • Melanie Edjourian

    The photos look great. So much has changed especially fashion wise since then.

  • David Elliott

    I was on the subways in New York at some point in the 80s. The pictures are gritty and very intense.

  • Ola Broom

    I don’t live in NY but these photos remind me of what I was expecting to see when I finally visited. Definitely a complete turnaround.

  • Sandra Negron

    Wow those photos were amazing. Brought me back to the good old days of NYC

  • Wow these photos are incredible. Imagery is so powerful! Tx

  • Ami Rose

    Such lovely photos. I really enjoyed scrolling through these. It’s amazing how much everything has changed.

    Ami xxx

  • Photographs are such a powerful medium and can tell so many stories.

  • I love that photography can capture moments like this to look back on decades later. It’s incredible to see how things have evolved!

  • Ryan Sneltzer

    That is really cool to see!

  • Anuradha Goyal

    What an amazing visual journey back in time. Sometimes you have to look at these images to realize how much have changed since then.

  • It’s amazing how much has changed since 80’s, lovely photos x

  • Kate Veggie Desserts

    What an amazing snapshot of the 80s! The pictures are fab.

    • I couldn’t agree more Kate!

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