[[caption-width-right:350:''[[Theatre/OnTheTown New York, New York, a wonderful town.]]'']]

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->''"Go ahead, bite the Big Apple. Don't mind the maggots."''
-->-- '''Music/TheRollingStones''', "Shattered"

Basically, CityNoir + BigApplesauce = The Big Rotten Apple.

UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is depicted as a [[DysfunctionJunction dysfunctional]], crime-plagued, [[SwarmOfRats vermin-infested]], smog-choked, [[PollutedWasteland polluted]], grimy, sleazy, seedy, [[SleazyPolitician corrupt]], [[UrbanSegregation racially-divided]], [[PerpetualPoverty poverty-ridden]], morally-and-[[RichesToRags financially]]-bankrupt WretchedHive filled with ApatheticCitizens, hostile [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]], [[AxCrazy violent psychotics]], [[PoliceBrutality violent psychotics with badges]], [[AddledAddict drug addicts]], [[TropesAboutPerverts deviants]], a crumbling infrastructure, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking not enough parking spots]].

And the worst thing is, once you've gotten a taste of it, you can't stand to live anywhere else.

The Big Rotten Apple trope can come into play in any story set during the city's existence but you'll most often see it in stories set in New York in the years before the economy began to pick up steam and the nation's cities started to recover (roughly the period lasting from the late 1960s to the early 1990s). You'll also sometimes see it in stories set in late 19th Century/Gilded Age New York.

It's not uncommon for people these days to feel [[AdmiringTheAbomination oddly nostalgic]] for this time since, as many commentators note, the city had a relatively low cost of living at the time compared to [[FriendsRentControl nowadays]].

See also BrooklynRage, and the PlaceWorseThanDeath section for New York.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/{{Mad Bull 34}}'' portrays the Big Apple as a crime-ridden hellhole, where the only difference between the criminals and the police are uniforms.
* In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' New York City is portrayed this way, but then so is the entire rest of the planet due to the fact that humanity's "betters" abandoned Earth for space colonies some decades ago, leaving the trashed-out planet to the "have-nots". It ends up being a relatively positive portrayal, as Chibodee Crockett (America's entrant in the Gundam Fight) is a SelfMadeMan who came from the Bronx and his example serves as inspiration for his fellow New Yorkers.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'', the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York has this element.
* ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'': The change in the city since the 70s and 80s is acknowledged at one point during the "ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank" story arc when Frank, during an inner monologue, reflects a bit on how the city's cleaned up quite a bit on the surface, but at the core it's still as rotten as ever.
** In the story arc "Kitchen Irish" Frank mocks the idea of gentrifying Hell's Kitchen. Calling it "Clinton" and making it trendy to well-off young people hasn't done anything to make it safer.
** During Garth Ennis' run, some of the more out-there plots included a homeless guy living in a pile of corpses in the sewers, a midget mafia, and a giant squid hanging out near the docks.
* Gotham City is an {{expy}} of the darker side of NYC in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' franchise. ("Gotham" has been a well-known nickname for New York City long before Batman even came about, and artist Creator/FrankMiller has referred to Gotham City as "New York City after dark.") In one Batman and ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' crossover, Jimmy Olsen actually calls Gotham "the Rotten Apple".
** ''Batman'' editor Dennis O'Neil once described Metropolis as "New York above 14th Street on a warm spring day", while Gotham City is "Manhattan below Fourteenth street at eleven minutes past midnight on the coldest night in November.
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': Rorschach gives his opinion on the city:
-->''"The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood...Beneath me, this awful city, it screams like an abattoir full of retarded children. And the night reeks of fornication and bad consciences."''
** The Rorschach story in ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' is set in the grimy streets of 1977 New York. There's even a scene where Rorschach is left bruised after a fight and [[Film/TaxiDriver Travis Bickle]] gives him a ride back home.
* ''ComicBook/{{NYX}}'' is set in a particularly nasty, crime- and gang violence-riddled part of New York City.
* The New York of the Main/MarvelUniverse is an extremely dangerous place, plagued by everything from costumed supervillains to alien invasions to attacks by the odd EldritchAbomination. While the city's superheroes have managed to keep things from getting ''completely'' out of hand, {{Innocent Bystander}}s are all too frequently killed by these threats before the superheroes managed to stop them.
* Franchise/SamAndMax runs on this trope in the comics and in ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxHitTheRoad'', with recurring plots having just about any of the other animal characters in the city being criminals or simply unfriendly. The Telltale Games play with both its older image and with gentrification, the latter being directly referenced by the reforming of Grandpa Stinky's dive bar into a trendy modern one run by his Granddaughter, which the lead characters [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks lament]].

[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* The fanfic series ''[[FanFic/UltimateSleepwalker Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams]]'' and ''[[FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light]]'' are both set in the same alternate version of the MarvelUniverse. This universe's version of New York has both the highest number of supervillains per capita and the overall highest crime rate in the entire United States. It's specifically noted that Rudy Giuliani's law enforcement initiatives were a dismal failure, and the city remains as much of a crime-ridden hellhole as it's ever been.


[[folder: Film ]]

%% * ''Film/TheIncident''
* ''Film/MidnightCowboy'' is set in the seedy and sordid New York of the late 1960s.
* ''Film/{{Joe}}'' is about a vigilante in a crime-ridden, dirty 1970s New York.
* ''The Out Of Towners (1970)'': An Ohio couple journeys to New York and finds a rundown metropolis beset by crime, ineffectual police, strikes, institutional incompetence, and a callous populace.
* ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' follows a couple of 1970s New York police officers investigating and trying to break up a drug-smuggling ring.
* ''Film/{{Serpico}}'': Especially as the protagonist of the film and the non-fiction book it's based on keeps getting told that [[BadCopIncompetentCop corruption in the NYPD]] is a matter of a few "rotten apples" rather than "the barrel itself being rotten."
* ''Film/DeathWish'' and its New York-set sequels depict a city where violent crime is so out of control that citizens are forced to take vigilante action.
* ''Film/WildBoysOfTheRoad'': Three homeless teens during TheGreatDepression wind up living in a New York garbage dump. They hate it, wishing they'd stayed in the country where they could find food more easily.
%% * ''Film/DogDayAfternoon''
* ''Film/TheTakingOfPelhamOneTwoThree'' (the 1974 version) is set in a New York where a lieutenant of the transit police is a casually racist NobleBigotWithABadge who falls asleep on the job; the streets are full of garbage; the mayor is an apathetic, venal twit who can only be prodded into ordering the resolution of a hostage situation with the reminder that he needs people to vote for him, and everyone lives in crappy, grungy apartments. But it's okay because it's all set to a kick-ass soundtrack by David Shire!
* ''Film/TaxiDriver'': Travis Bickle, a night taxi driver, sees the mid-1970s city as this.
-->''All the animals come out at night -- whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.''
* ''Film/TheWarriors'' portrays New York as having an entire alternate [[GangOfHats society of warring tribes]]. They even have their own radio station delivering up-to-the-minute coverage on brawls and feuds.
* ''Fort Apache The Bronx'' is based on the real-life nickname of the 41st Precinct (South Bronx) of the NYPD in the late 70's and early 80's.
* ''Film/AfterHours'' takes a more absurdist approach to the trope by following the surreal misadventures of a man who gets hooked up on a blind date one night, only to find himself lost in the weird environment of Greenwich Village late at night.
* ''Film/DoTheRightThing'' depicts a late 80s Brooklyn neighborhood as a racially charged tinderbox ready to explode.
* ''Film/QuickChange'': the three main characters get so sick of what a shithole New York is that they rob a bank to try and get away from it. The city returns the favour by forcing them through a nightmarish comedy of errors as they try and accomplish what should be the simple task of driving to the airport to make the getaway.
* This trope is employed in ''Film/LastActionHero'' where, after two people are shot dead in the middle of a street in full view of numerous bystanders, one of the shooters shouts to the rooftops that he did it and wants to confess only to be met with [[ApatheticCitizens apathy by the crowd]] [[BystanderSyndrome and one person yelling at him to shut up]].
* ''Film/JoesApartment''. The eponymous hero gets mugged three times in a row. ..Before leaving ''the bus station''.
* ''Film/SuperFly'' is about a drug dealer looking to pull off OneLastJob and get out of the life. It is set in Harlem in the 1970s. Harlem looks really, really rough.
* This trope can also be seen in films that take place during the 19th century that show the gritty side of 'Gilded Age' New York:
** ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' mostly takes place in the historic Five Points slum, which is filthy, violent and crime-plagued, ruled over by rival gangs and a corrupt police force. And then the Civil War Draft Riots break out and the area gets destroyed by cannon fire (which really happened).
** ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' has a New York ruled over by cat gangs (representing racial persecution in historic New York at the time) extorting immigrant mice with a protection racket. The sequel accentuates New York's negative characteristics to force the Mousekewitz family to move out west.
* Movies set in a future New York that take the hellishness depicted in this trope and [[ExaggeratedTrope multiply it exponentially]] include:
** ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'': where New York ended up getting so bad by the 1990s that the (admittedly rather fascistic) government just gave up on it, turned it into America's only maximum security prison, and just started dumping ''all'' the country's criminals in there.
** ''Film/SoylentGreen'': where New York is hugely overcrowded as a result of the global population swelling by 400%. Shortages and civic unrest are endemic.
** The ''Harry Canyon'' vignette of ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal''.
* Grim and gritty slasher films such as ''Film/{{Maniac}}'' and ''Film/TheNewYorkRipper''.
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'' depicts New York in the middle of a huge crime wave perpetrated by Shredder's Foot Clan, made up of teenage runaways and orphans. The sequels don't have this trope so much though.
* ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' and ''WesternAnimation/HeavyTraffic''. Almost a Bakshi trademark.
* ''{{Film/Batman}}'': Anton Furst's Gotham City is New York "if Hell erupted through the pavements and kept on going." It's also inspired by, in Furst's words, "an immigrant's vision of New York City."
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', [[Film/GhostbustersII its sequel]], and ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame''. Diners at Tavern on the Green ignore a panicked Louis Tully as a Terror Dog possesses him; the combined negativity of the city's denizens manifests as a river of slime; the city is routinely attacked by ghosts of its own homeless and construction-workers...the list goes on and on. Worst of all is the feeling of a city without spiritual direction, and the city's only contact with the other side is mischievous at best and outright malevolent at worst. Subverted in the sequel's climax, when the Ghostbusters use the Statue of Liberty to awaken the good feelings lurking beneath New York's crusty exterior and combat the slime's negative influence. It's toned down in [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 2016}} the 2016 version]], reflecting how this became a DiscreditedTrope in the intervening years; one gag has the new gang trying to buy the iconic firehouse from the original film, only to find that rent is over $20,000 a month, forcing them to establish their headquarters above a Chinese restaurant instead.
* In ''Film/ComingToAmerica'', this is possibly invoked. Prince Akeem and his best friend Semmi stay in New York in order to meet an American woman. Akeem insist on staying in a dirty apartment in a rough neighborhood in Queens so people won't realize that he is royalty.
* Horror Movie a Day's [[http://horror-movie-a-day.blogspot.ca/2010/07/red-hook.html review]] of ''Red Hook'':
--> "Not since ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan Jason Takes Manhattan]]'' have I seen a film that was seemingly designed to scare people from wanting to go to the Big Apple (oddly, the trailer inexplicably points out that NY has the lowest crime rate of the nation's ten biggest cities). During their first date, our leads go into a convenience store (pretty much the first time we see them leave the school) and instantly the place is held up, with the robber and clerk ultimately shooting each other. Then she is mocked for being upset, as if a NY resident should be used to people being shot to death right in front of them whenever they walk out the door. All clerks that they encounter are jaded assholes, and every place they visit looks like a hellhole. I mean, the scavenger hunt was actually designed as a real one for new students -- shouldn't he have chosen landmarks for them to visit in order to find clues instead of closed down dance studios and anonymous seedy bars? And even odder, when one girl is killed, her body is left in plain sight on the sidewalk for a good chunk of time, undisturbed, which just suggests that a corpse is nothing unusual in the city."
* In ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' 1970's New York is full of youth gangs and the subway is covered in graffiti (that is TruthInTelevision). The only escape from it for Tony is disco.
* ''Film/SummerOfSam'' Although based on a true story, the movie follows a fictional plot too, with almost all the characters (predominantly Italian-Americans) having bad attitudes, direct frankness, sarcasm, accusing each other of being the killer, being rude and insulting to a promiscuous girl (who is more than capable of standing up for herself) and bullying a punk rocker due to him not conforming to their macho behaviour.
* Briefly touched upon in ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars''. There is one scene where a gaudily-dressed gangster type pulls a gun on a cop for trying to get him to move his car while a drunk guy cheers him on. And this is ''before'' the city gets attacked by Rodan.
* ''Film/{{Dead End|1937}}'' is set in the filthy, garbage-strewn, vermin-infested tenements of Manhattan's East Side. But gentrification is on the way, as an ultra-fancy apartment building has been built right next to the slums.
* ''Film/TheMusketeersOfPigAlley'' shows that this trope was around at least as far back as 1912. An opening title card sets the scene as "New York's other side". Pig Alley is in fact an alley, filled with garbage, boasting prostitutes and dive bars, where gangs have shootouts and where muggers lurk to rob you as you're trying to enter your shabby room in a filthy tenement.
* 1912 film ''Film/TheLandBeyondTheSunset'' is about a ragged boy who lives in a filthy apartment and is trying to eke out a living by selling newspapers on the sidewalk. He winds up getting a ticket from the Fresh Air Fund (a real charity) for a trip to the country, thus briefly escaping his grimy New York slum.
* 1915 film ''Film/{{Regeneration}}'' also shows New York as crime ridden and dirty, with the whole story taking place in a poverty-stricken Irish neighborhood. Protagonist Owen Conway turns to a life of crime because he doesn't see any other way to improve his condition.
* ''Film/BigFunInTheBigTown'': For this 1986 CultClassic documentary about HipHop the Dutch documentary crew filmed in the black ghetto neighborhoods and the more crime infested parts of the city. To avoid problems they hired a bunch of bodyguards to protect them.
* In ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan'', New York is portrayed as a filthy city, ''full'' ApatheticCitizens who can't care about the teens being chased by a creepy guy in a hockey mask, to take the time out of their schedule, and the survivors are almost immediately attacked by a couple thugs, who would have raped the protagonist, if [[BigDamnVillains Jason kill them first.]]
* The zombie film ''Mulberry Street'', set in an apartment on the titular street in Manhattan's Little Italy, has a rather unique example of this. It portrays New York at the height of [[TurnOfTheMillennium the Bloomberg years]] as it was coming out of this trope and becoming increasingly gentrified in the process, with the protagonists struggling to hold onto their apartment block in a city where working-class people like themselves are increasingly unwelcome. Their [[MyLocal local watering hole]] is now filled with yuppies, a rich family from Connecticut just moved into one of the units, and the cost of living ain't getting any cheaper. And ''then'' the rat-zombies show up...
* Discussed in ''Crazy People'', a late-eighties Creator/DudleyMoore film about an advertising executive who gets thrown into an asylum after beginning to come up with blunt, no-nonsense advertising slogans that tell the unvarnished truth about the product, which ends up revolutionising the industry. One of the slogans for a New York tourism campaign is "Come to New York; there were fewer murders last year".
* In the parody ''Film/JMenForever'', New York City is about to be inundated by a StockFootage GiantWallOfWateryDoom, so the Mayor handles the crisis by urging the populace to [[YouCanPanicNow flee mindlessly]] and calling on the police and fire brigade to assemble for union negotiations. At the end of the movie, the J-Men celebrate the destruction of the SupervillainLair and New York City as a double victory!


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheBonfireOfTheVanities'': 1980s New York at its most divided and dysfunctional.
* Made fun of in the beginning of ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'', which proceeds to outline all the ways in which New York is a terrible place to live if you care about your quality of life.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}} The Familiar'', Jake wakes up in a dystopian, CrapsackWorld version of New York where all of humanity has been enslaved by the Yeerks and the only free people are an underground group of rebels.
* In ''Literature/BigTrouble'' by Creator/DaveBarry, there's a suitcase-sized nuclear bomb is on the loose that CIA agents explain [[HarsherInHindsight the True Believer intends to blow it up in the middle of Times Square]] (the book was written pre-September 11th), which prompts one character to remark it wouldn't be a big loss.
* Lyndsey Faye's novel ''The Gods of Gotham'', is set in mid-nineteenth century Manhattan like ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' and follows one of New York's first cops whose beat is in the squalor and poverty of Five Points.
* Hubert Selby Jr.'s ''Last Exit to Brooklyn'' portrays the titular borough in the late 1950s as a WretchedHive of prostitutes, drag queens and criminals. It was quite shocking when first published in the early 1960's.
* In ''Literature/{{Coda}}'', the dystopian city the book takes place in is a future New York.
* In ''Literature/ThoseThatWake'', ever since Big Black, New York has not been a nice place to live at all.
* In ''Literature/TheDarkHalf'', in a scene set in New York, it's mentioned that New Yorkers lock their doors instinctively:
-->Maybe you only locked up when you were going away on vacation if you lived in the sticks, and maybe you forgot to lock up once in awhile when you went to work if you lived in a small city like Fargo, North Dakota, or Ames, Iowa, but after you'd been in the maggoty old Big Apple for awhile, you locked up even if you were just taking a cup of sugar to a neighbor down the hall. Forgetting to lock up would be like exhaling a breath and just forgetting to take the next one.
* In the present day of the ''Literature/StarCarrier'' series (the early 25th century), New York is an abandoned, largely lawless slum after it was abandoned due to being inundated by a hurricane and rising sea levels in the late 21st century. It and other flooded areas along the East Coast, the "Periphery", became havens for those who didn't want to be found. Periphery restoration efforts are shown underway at the end of book three.
* In ''Literature/TheMemoryWars'', New York starts off this way, having been secretly ruled by supernatural predators for years. Of course, that's before [[BigDamnHeroes Nathan Shepherd gets involved]].
* Alluded to in ''Literature/TheManWhoBroughtTheDodgersBackToBrooklyn'', since it is partially set in the New York City of the 1980s, but it's also hinted that the Dodgers' return to Brooklyn helps end this. The narrator mentions that crime rates actually ''fall'' in Brooklyn during the book's version of the 1988 World Series.
* ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' plays with the trope: '80s New York is full of homeless people, crowded, and pretty scuzzy in places-- but the real foulness takes place in the expensive, glossy apartments Patrick Bateman occupies.


[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* ''Series/BarneyMiller'' takes place during the 70's and early 80's. The [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucracy]], high crime, and perpetual budget crisis make for great comedy and occasional drama.
* ''Series/LateNight with Creator/DavidLetterman'' and ''Late Show'': Before September 11, 2001, the opening would have the announcer make some disparaging crack at about the city ("From New York, where the subway cars smell like urine, it's ''The Late Show with David Letterman''!"). Post-September 11th though, every episode begins, "From New York, the Greatest City in the World...."
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': Since the show airs from New York, it has often invoked this trope during much of its run.
** For a short time during the early 80s, the opening credits announced, "From New York, the most dangerous city in America, it's ''Saturday Night Live''!"
** A sketch from the 1990-91 season featured guest-host Joe Mantegna as an oblivious city official being interviewed on a radio talk show who deflected caller complaints about the city's increasing crime rate (including one from a caller who was mugged and assaulted as he was waiting on the phone) by pointing out where else could they see great Broadway shows like ''Cats''.
* The BBC America series ''{{Series/Copper}}'' is set in the same time and place as the film ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' (a few months after the Civil War Draft Riots), so it deals with the same rotten apple.
* Detective show ''Series/CagneyAndLacey'' derived much of their drama from being in the Rotten Apple in the late 70s and early 80s and the various conflicts, gang turf wars, and poverty related crimes formed the bulk of the station's workload.
* A background theme of ''Series/MadMen'' is the decline of New York City during the 1960s. In season 2 (set in 1962), 22 year old Peggy's biggest concern about riding the subway alone at night was that [[AluminumChristmasTrees the bamboo seats]] would ruin her stockings. In season 6 (set in 1968), sirens play in the background of almost every scene, the Drapers' Upper East Side penthouse is robbed, and Peggy's boyfriend is stabbed while waiting at a bus station near their home on the Upper West Side.
** Lampshaded in a season 4 (set in 1965) episode by Joan and Roger. They go to a diner that they used to frequent back in the 1950s (also on the Upper West Side) and note how much seedier looking it's become since the last time they went. Of course, that dinner ended with Joan and Roger getting mugged.
* ''Franchise/LawAndOrder''. The early seasons of [[Series/LawAndOrder the original series]] particularly embrace this trope, to the point where it's practically a time capsule of what the city looked like at the early-1990s. There are ''lots'' of slums and crack-houses, political and civic corruption, social and racial tensions and overworked and underfunded cops and district attorneys about the place, and everything looks pretty grungy and worn down. Since the series is a LongRunner that lasted for twenty years, it's also a good way of charting New York's gradual transformation from this to the city cleaning up in the 1990s under Giuliani to 21st century gentrification.
* ''Series/NightCourt'' [[PlayedforLaughs Played for Laughs]], as the courts have to deal with a non-stop parade of prostitutes, petty thieves, muggers and grifters to the point that criminal courts have to run around the clock just to keep up.
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'':
** In the episode ''Old School'', however, the Nine-Nine is visited by Jimmy Brogan, a retired journalist who wrote a book called "The Squad" about the NYPD in the 1970s, which happens to be Jake's favorite book and what inspired him to become a cop in the first place. But when Jake's gushing about finally getting to meet his idol, Captain Holt tells him that the 70s was really not a good time for the city, and ''especially'' not for the NYPD, rife as it was with corruption, racism, sexism and homophobia. He also points out that the "legit" cops in the book were mostly just Brogan's drinking buddies.
** In a later episode, it's revealed that the incompetent Detective Hitchcock somehow holds the precinct's arrest record purely because he happened to be working at the station during the 1980s and so had lots of opportunities to make easy arrests.
--->'''Sgt. Jeffords''': New York in the '80s was basically ''Film/ThePurge''.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'' carries over the comics' portrayal of Hell's Kitchen as a seedy neighborhood. The only problem is that Hell's Kitchen has gentrified in real life to the point that it's something of a {{Gayborhood}} now. The show had to use the alien invasion from ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' to justify a rise in crime and drop in property values (the neighborhood took heavy damage from The Incident), in order to give Daredevil something to do. Consequently, the show was filmed in neighborhoods of Brooklyn that bear some resemblance to Hell's Kitchen of the 1970's.
* ''Series/{{Vinyl}}'': New York, 1973, rife with sex, drugs, Mob violence and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive abusive record labels]] � but also the birthplace of Hip Hop, Disco, and Funk, among other great musical genres.
* ''Series/TheGetDown'' goes to great lengths to show the crime and corruption that ruled The Bronx in the late 1970s. It even includes news broadcasts from the time discussing it, especially in light of the mayoral race. The major characters are all looking to get out in one way or another.
* ''Series/TheDeuce'': the premise of the series is showing the sleaziness of Times Square in the 1970s. The show centers on the prostitutes, whorehouses, corrupt cops, mob-owned businesses, adult bookshops, peep shows, grindhouse porno theaters and burgeoning pornography industry of that time and place.

[[folder: Magazines ]]

* Magazine/{{MAD}} in the seventies and eighties liked to make use of this.


[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/BillyJoel's song "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)" is a partially-satirical vision of what might happen if America just plain gave up on New York City and ordered it to be completely demolished. [[MoodWhiplash The tone shifts throughout]], but the second verse mockingly suggests that some places, namely 42nd Street and Harlem, might be none the worse off for it.
** WordOfGod [[http://www.billyjoel.com/52nd-street-complete-albums-collection-video is that the album cover]] of Billy's ''52nd Street'' was photographed in a setting (the dingy, weatherbeaten walls of a New York City jazz nightclub) to reflect both the jazzier sound of the music (Billy's holding a trumpet, like a jazz musician), and the time period it was recorded in (late 1970s, around the time of "Son Of Sam").
* ''Shattered'' by Music/TheRollingStones (quoted at the top).
** Also to some extent "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)".
* "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Dirty Blvd." by Music/LouReed.
** The whole ''New York'' album, really.
* "New York's Not My Home" and "Box no. 10" by Music/JimCroce describes New York as a wretched, depressing place.
* ''Music/TheMessage'' by Music/GrandmasterFlashAndTheFuriousFive, which was about the pressures of living in the inner city. It's taken further with ''New York, New York,'' which explicitly names New York and all the crime and poverty: having to eat dog food to stay alive, homelessness, criminal insanity, [[DisappearedDad single motherhood]] and [[ParentalAbandonment abandonment]], stick-ups, prostitution...
-->Too much. Too many people...
* ''Let's Go All The Way'' by Sly Fox:
-->Living in New York\\
Looks like an apple core
* ''Music/{{Foreigner}}'': "Long, Long Way From Home" is about leaving a small town for "the apple in decay" and winding up alone in a sea of millions of people and longing for home.
* A video for Music/NewOrder's "Confusion" shows New York as it existed in 1983, including graffiti-strewn subway cars and a Times Square full of porno theaters.
* Music/TheLonelyIsland song "I Run NY" mocks this; it is sung from the perspective of New York's mayor and his complaints get progressively more mundane as the song progresses (at one point he nearly cries because the Chief of Police mocked his tie), before taking a turn for the bizarre as he reveals that his job also includes battling mutant rats and hellhounds in the sewers.
* Fear's "New York's Alright if You Like Saxophones" is about this. Each line of the song begins with "New York's alright if..." and then mentions various unpleasant things, such as being pushed in front of the subway, being mugged or murdered, having drunks in your doorway...[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and liking]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin saxophones]].
* Bob Welch of 1973's Music/FleetwoodMac lineup gave us [[ShapedLikeItself "The City"]]: a smart blues rocker that included analogies such as the following:
-->It's A Prison without walls...\\
It gets so bad that I stop breathin',\\
and the sun don't wanna shine.
* FunLovinCriminals' Southside begins in describing a murder that takes place on the southside of Delancey Street, then describes the area as:
--> That part of town, that frightens the masses
--> Filled with mean motherfuckers and noxious gases
--> They're all bums girl
--> They're livin' in their fucked up places
--> I'm talking murder, I'm talking blackmail and jazz
--> And guys with burned up faces
** Despite this, the narrator misses both the girl and the area. The song concludes with the narrator [[BrooklynRage tracking down the murderer and throwing him under a train on the subway]]. Even by FLC's standards, this song is graphic.
* The avant-garde musician James Ferraro's ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBxMRzpPm50&index=1&list=PL3zHDlqF9u4hXudzReDEcJMoMYW9hhOLC NYC, Hell, 3:00 AM]]'' is an [[http://www.stereogum.com/1504091/qa-james-ferraro-on-nycs-hidden-darkness-musical-sincerity-and-being-called-the-god-of-vaporwave/franchises/interview/ exaggerated version]] of New York at its worst, sampling flies and rats, police scanners, and (regrettably) 9/11 news footage. The overall effect is that of the world's most miserable R&B record.
* Music/SteelyDan: "The Royal Scam", looking at the city from the perspective of newcomers settling in from Puerto Rico.
** The cover of the album of the same name depicts a vagrant sleeping on a bench, with skyscrapers morphing into fierce animal's heads above him.

[[folder: Print Media ]]

* In a column he did in retaliation for a New York Times piece on Miami being a crime-ridden druglord paradise, Creator/DaveBarry tells of researchers from New York asking people why people didn't like New Yorkers and being told everyone was so rude. "[[IResembleThatRemark Then the researchers spat on them]]."


[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]

* Creator/BillHicks riffs on this a couple of times.
-->I'm from Houston, Texas originally, I moved up here a year ago. The first thing I noticed when I came here was the homeless situation. Now I'm no bleeding heart, okay? But when you're walking down the streets of New York and you step over someone who, I dunno... might be dead, do you ever stop to think, 'wow, maybe our system doesn't work'? Does that push a memory bubble up out of you? If there was only a couple of bums I'd think 'well, they're just fuckin' bums,' but there's THOUSANDS of these guys. I'm running a bum hurdle down the street. It's the hundred yard bum hurdle.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The small press RPG ''Fates Worse Than Death'' posits a "street level cyberpunk" future where Manhattan has gone bankrupt. Anyone who lives in the decayed, dangerous island either commutes in from heavily-secured suburban communities, is a natural thrill-seeker, or is just too damn poor to move out.
* This trope appears in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'''s backstory: As the crime rate continued to rise across the US into the 90s and 00s (unlike in RealLife where they promptly began falling), New York City became crippled by internal strife. In 2012, the teamsters went on strike and the ensuing food riots made sections of the city descended into anarchy, leading to the [[AlternateHistory Seretech Decision]] when rioters attacked a medical lab and corporate security responded with deadly force. Then, the city was flattened by an earthquake. The rebuilt New York City featuring in the current game-verse averts the trope.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Both the theatrical and film versions of Jules Feiffer's [[DarkHumor pitch-black satire]], ''Little Murders'', feature an over-the-top depiction of New York as a decaying urban hell-hole beset by continual garbage strikes, electrical outages, and numerous unsolved random murders.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'':
** Although the series as a whole is commonly known for depicting [[FictionalCounterpart fictional counterparts]] of New York City, Liberty City, as [[ViceCity vice cities]], the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' version of the city evokes this trope the strongest by portraying itself as "The Worst City in the World" with heavy pollution, rampant crime fueled by a menacing new drug, widespread corruption, increasingly militant tramps, and [[http://www.rockstargames.com/libertytree/mar2001/story4.html no tourist industry to speak of]]. ''Grand Theft Auto Advance'' even portrays the city as having been hit by ''bubonic plague''. In the TurnOfTheMillennium.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' toned it down somewhat, given that it's based more on the "cleaned-up" New York of Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg rather than the WretchedHive that it was in TheSeventies and TheEighties. Of course, this means that this trope has been replaced with stereotypes of ''modern'' New York, such as the city's gentrification into TheThemeParkVersion of itself, its "nanny state" attitude to things like guns and junk food, and its post-September 11th police presence.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' takes place in an AnachronismStew of seventies-era Manhattan -- when the city was a throne to vice and grunge -- and the slick corporatism of modern NYC. The mob is so powerful that it controls the police and the press, and [[MegaCorp Aesir Pharmaceuticals]] controls the mob. Even with [[OneManArmy Max's]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge efforts]], it hasn't gotten much better by the time the second game rolls by.
* VideoGame/TheDivision takes place in New York AfterTheEnd, following a bioweapon-caused smallpox pandemic that has caused the near total collapse of local authorities, opening up opportunities for various gangs and a PMC to carve out territories for themselves.
* ''VideoGame/TheGodfather: The Game'': You can't go far without running into [[LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub a business controlled by]] TheMafia, {{Dirty Cop}}s are a dime a dozen, and even staying away from known Mafia fronts doesn't guarantee your safety from running gunfights in the streets.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick seems to agree that NYC is rotten but loves the city anyway, as movies that depict it as clean always draw her ire, and the insults in "[[Music/ThePogues Fairytale Of New York]]" make her nostalgic. (She was in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles at that point.)
* Thanks to the worse economy, New York City in ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'' goes bankrupt in 1975 and has its finances taken over by the federal government, on top of all the other problems that it faced in The Seventies. Things are no better in TheEighties, where it gets taken over by Mayor [[spoiler:Spiro Agnew]], of all people, who institutes a policy of walling off the worst ghettoes and arming the NYPD with belt-fed machine guns and other high-powered military hardware. The kicker? As of 1990, it's ''still'' [[FallenStatesOfAmerica one of the better parts of the US to be in]], [[spoiler:especially with most of the South and Midwest taken over by [[TheFundamentalist Taliban-grade Christian fundamentalists]]]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" episode, Homer tells about a previous visit to New York during the 70s when this trope was in full force. A pickpocket stole his wallet, a police officer stole his suitcase, a pigeon stole his hot dog, Creator/WoodyAllen dumped garbage on his head, and he got chased through the streets by an angry pimp until he fell in a sewer.
-->'''Homer:''' ... and that's when the [[Film/{{CHUD}} C.H.U.D.s]] came at me.\\
'''Marge:''' Oh Homer, of course you'll have a bad impression of New York if you only focus on the pimps and the C.H.U.D.s.
** At the end of the episode, Marge, Lisa and Bart absolutely ''love'' New York. After having been issued multiple parking tickets, forced to hold in his urine for several hours, harassed by the [[FunnyAneurysmMoment "jerks in Tower One"]], and destroying the car by driving with a wheel clamp, Homer is one tick away from exploding in rage as he gets smacked in the face by garbage from a truck.
--->'''Lisa:''' Can we come back?
--->'''Homer:''' ''(darkly)'' We'll see, honey. ''We'll see''.
** And at the beginning,
--->''"But Marge, New York is a hellhole! And you know how I feel about hellholes!"''
--->'''Homer Simpson''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
* [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Manehatten]], as seen in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Rarity Takes Manehatten", is glorious at first glance but is outright stated to have a cynical, corrupt side and that everyone is out for themselves. [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished This is quickly proven to be quite true]].
* Frequently PlayedForLaughs on ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''. In fact, in one episode, when his parents were presumed to be dead (they're plane actually got lost over South Pacific and they were stranded on a deserted island), Jay decided to use the money from his inheritance to clean up New York City. His efforts ended up being all for naught when the city threw a parade in his honor and they ended up trashing it again.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'', the New York City of Counter-Earth is home to the central laboratory/control center of the High Evolutionary, from which he oppress humanity in favor of his [[BeastMan Bestials]] and conducts genetic experiments on random humans. A hyper-advanced city of towers that stretch into the stratosphere, the oppressed humans live in overcrowded, dark, dirty slums on the ground level, all whilst potentially unstable robot guards patrol ceaselessly. Every human is also outfitted with a tracking implant, so they cannot hide if they commit a crime or try to rebel - the Human Revolution has jamming tech but its spotty at best.