70s Shots: Everyday life in the hood: NYC, Ford & Pele

Today we have a quartet of exceptional, early-1970s images for you to ogle. Firstly, photos of Harlem and the Lower East Side, New York by Camilo José Vergara. Secondly, a quick presidential visit for soccer superstar Pele.

Everyday Life in the Hood: New York City (1970-1973)

Puerto Rican Wedding, East Harlem, 1970. (Photo: Camilo José Vergara via Time.com)

Puerto Rican Wedding, East Harlem, 1970. (Photo: Camilo José Vergara via Time.com)

East Harlem, 1970. (Photo: Camilo José Vergara via Time.com)

East Harlem, 1970. (Photo: Camilo José Vergara via Time.com)

Avenue C, Lower East Side, 1970. (Photo: Camilo José Vergara via Time.com)

Avenue C, Lower East Side, 1970. (Photo: Camilo José Vergara via Time.com)

Vergara Quote via Time.com:

“Eager to be tough, I rejected my beginning efforts as sentimental and unoriginal. In 2013, I am happy my earliest pictures of New York survived. I see these images as fading glimpses of a city that disappeared — unique historical artifacts depicting intimate moments of people who stayed behind and documents of the decrepit buildings they inhabited.”

For more visit: Everyday Life in the Hood: New York 1970-1973 at Time.com.

President Ford and Pele

President Ford and Pelé kicking it, June 28, 1975. (Photo: NPR via Ford Presidential Library Facebook page)

President Ford and Pelé kicking it, June 28, 1975. (Photo: NPR via Ford Presidential Library Facebook page)

NPR Quote:

“A visit from Edson Arantes Nacimento, better known as Pelé. He stopped by the Rose Garden on June 28, 1975, to share some pointers on soccer with President Ford.

In a background memo for the meeting Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, himself a soccer fan, noted that Pelé was not only one of the world’s foremost athletes but also the most highly paid at the time.”

For more visit NPR/Ford Presidential Library Facebook page.

Previously on 70s Shots: McDonough’s New York City photos (1970s)

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