"His bleak images are far removed from the plush party city now known for its style, status and the outrageous wealth of those lucky enough to live in its towering skyscrapers."

"These startling black-and-white pictures show the gritty reality of New York City in the 1980s. Photographer Miron Zownir captured the city's seedy underbelly after years of decline left the streets infested with crime and drugs, long before gentrification and globalization took hold."