Summer in the city — New York City's parks in 1978

These fascinating photographs offer a colorful glimpse into the history of New York City’s parks, after nearly 3,000 slides were discovered while an official was cleaning out an office.

Forty years ago, New York City’s newspapers went on strike for nearly three months. Parks Commissioner Gordon Davis hired eight temporarily out-of-work New York Times photographers — Neal Boenzi, Joyce Dopkeen, D. Gorton, Eddie Hausner, Paul Hosefros, Robert Klein, Larry Morris and Gary Settle — to document the city’s parks.

Sixty-five of those images, capturing scenes across the city between August and November 1978, are currently on display at an exhibition dedicated to the find.

Jonathan Kuhn, director of art and antiquities for the New York City Parks Department, said: “I first learned of the slides in mid-October of 2017 and immediately decided to do an exhibition.

“The show is not just about nostalgia. What differentiated these images were that they were from a very condensed period of time.

“I’m interested in the use of parks and bringing people together.

“They show that parks will never be irrelevant.” (Caters News/New York City Parks Dept.)

“1978: The NYC Parks/New York Times Photo Project” exhibition is on view at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park until June 14.

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<p>Boys on Coney Island Beach. (Photograph by Paul Hosefros/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News) </p>
New York City’s parks in 1978

Boys on Coney Island Beach. (Photograph by Paul Hosefros/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News)

<p>Girls on splintered boardwalk, South Beach, Staten Island. (Photograph by Neal Boenzi/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News) </p>
New York City’s parks in 1978

Girls on splintered boardwalk, South Beach, Staten Island. (Photograph by Neal Boenzi/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News)

<p>Resting girl, Red Hook Pool, Brooklyn. (Photograph by Paul Hosefros/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News) </p>
New York City’s parks in 1978

Resting girl, Red Hook Pool, Brooklyn. (Photograph by Paul Hosefros/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News)

<p>Boy at abandoned diving area, Red Hook Pool, Brooklyn. (Photograph by Paul Hosefros/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News) </p>
New York City’s parks in 1978

Boy at abandoned diving area, Red Hook Pool, Brooklyn. (Photograph by Paul Hosefros/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News)

<p>Park revelers, Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx. (Photograph by Joyce Dopkeen/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News) </p>
New York City’s parks in 1978

Park revelers, Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx. (Photograph by Joyce Dopkeen/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News)

<p>Handball, Seven Gables Playground, Queens. (Photograph by Paul Hosefros/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News) </p>
New York City’s parks in 1978

Handball, Seven Gables Playground, Queens. (Photograph by Paul Hosefros/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News)

<p>Man roasting a pig. (Photo: Neal Boenzi/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News) </p>
New York City’s parks in 1978

Man roasting a pig. (Photo: Neal Boenzi/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News)

<p>Family salvages picnic table, unidentified Park. (Photograph by Ed Hausner/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News) </p>
New York City’s parks in 1978

Family salvages picnic table, unidentified Park. (Photograph by Ed Hausner/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News)

<p>Kids on jungle gym. (Photograph by Gary Settle/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News) </p>
New York City’s parks in 1978

Kids on jungle gym. (Photograph by Gary Settle/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News)

<p>Tender vittles, cats on parade, Central Park Mall, Manhattan. (Photograph by D. Gorton/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News) </p>
New York City’s parks in 1978

Tender vittles, cats on parade, Central Park Mall, Manhattan. (Photograph by D. Gorton/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News)

<p>Fiesta Folklorica, Bethesda Terrace, Central Park, Manhattan, 1978. (Photograph by unknown photographer/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News) </p>
New York City’s parks in 1978

Fiesta Folklorica, Bethesda Terrace, Central Park, Manhattan, 1978. (Photograph by unknown photographer/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News)

<p>Woman at Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. (Photograph by Gary Settle/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News) </p>
New York City’s parks in 1978

Woman at Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. (Photograph by Gary Settle/NYC Parks Photo Archive/Caters News)

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