In 1975, New York City was at the brink of bankruptcy. When the mayor said he would need to lay off officers, the New York Police Department was ready to strike back...by scaring away tourists.

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IN 1975, NEW YORK CITY MAYOR ABE BEAME WAS CONSIDERING CUTTING THE POLICE BUDGET, AND THE NYPD WASN'T HAVING IT. Their union (under the name Council f

Now, to solve his budget problems, Mayor Beame is going to discharge substantial numbers of firefighters and law enforcement officers of all kinds.

THE PAMPHLET GOES ON TO LIST RIDICULOUS GUIDELINES NO REASONABLE NEW YORKER WOULD EVER FOLLOW. 1. Stay off the streets after 6 P.M. Ah, yes The City T

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2. Do not walk. In such a pedestrian-friendly and condensed city, this is absurd advice. 3. Avoid public transportation. Subway crime is So high that

4. Remain in Manhattan. Tourists in 2020 have still taken this to heart. 5. Protect your property. Theft has become So great a problem that the City i

6. Safeguard your handbag. If you carry a handbag or similar personal luggage, try to hold it firmly with both hands whenever you are in public. It's

8. Do not leave valuables in your hotel room, and do not deposit them in the hotel vault. Hotel robberies have become virtually uncontrollable, and th
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