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These photographs of the New York City subway system were taken mostly from the and early when graffiti was a mainstay on train .

what a ride...this is what subway cars looked like in the '70s/'80s; if it was cleaned off, more appeared.

this is what subway cars looked like in the if it was cleaned off, more appeared.

Members of the volunteer crime fighting organization, The Guardian Angels, patrol a subway car. The group was founded in 1979 in New York City in response to the increase in crime on the subway.

New York City subway crime: 1980s - Photos - New York City's subway crime through the decades

Members of the volunteer crime fighting organization, The Guardian Angels, patrol a subway car. The group was founded in 1979 in New York City in response to the increase in crime on the subway.

Erik Calonius  Interior of Graffiti-Marked Subway Car. 05/1973

Interior of a graffiti-marked subway car, May (Photo by Erik Calonius/NARA via The Atlantic)

Lisa Sliwa, a member of the Guardian Angels and wife of its founder, Curtis Sliwa, patrols the subway dressed in her uniform with its signature red beret.

New York City subway crime: 1980s - Photos - New York City's subway crime through the decades

~ Hip-Hop mature ~ Lisa Sliwa, a member of the Guardian Angels and wife of its founder, Curtis Sliwa, patrols the subway dressed in her uniform with its signature red beret.

A member of the volunteer crime-fighting organization, the Guardian Angels, patrols a subway car in the 1980s. The organization was both praised and vilified by the media for its efforts.

New York City subway crime: 1980s - Photos - New York City's subway crime through the decades

A member of the volunteer crime-fighting organization, the Guardian Angels, patrols a subway car in the The organization was both praised and vilified by the media for its efforts.hrough the decades New York City subway crime in the Photo: Roy Morsch

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