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Accompanying the recently released J. C. Chandor-directed film A Most Violent Year, “NYC, 1981” is a short documentary on the most dangerous year in the history of New York City. The introduction of crack cocaine certainly did not help the already high crime rates of the city. In 1981, a total of 120,000 robberies and 2,100 murders happened in New York City. The six-minute documentary gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the scandalous year. Featuring Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, performance artist and former Warhol Factory fixture Penny Arcade, actress Johnnie Mae, Harlem street-style legend Dapper Dan, auto body shop owner Nick Rosello, and trucking union rep Wayne Walsh, prominent New Yorkers tell the story of NYC.

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