NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell

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NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell
Directed byHenry Corra
Produced byNanette Burstein
Written byNanette Burstein
Jonathan Mahler
StarringGeraldo Rivera
Hilly Kristal
Frankie Knuckles
Sal Abbatiello
Grandmaster Caz
Afrika Bambaataa
DJ Disco Wiz
DJ Hollywood
Annie Sprinkle
Ed Koch
Distributed byVH1
Release date
Running time
83 minutes
New York City subways were covered with graffiti until the concerted cleanup initiatives and broken windows enforcement of the 1980s.[1]
Ed Koch won the 1977 New York City mayoral election at one of the lowest points in the city's history.

NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell is a 2007 documentary directed by Henry Corra that originally aired on VH1.[2][3][4]


A reminiscence on life in New York City during the year 1977. It chronicles the decay of a city plagued by economic decline, rampant crime, the Son of Sam killings, and the July 13–14 blackout. These events provided the breeding ground for both the punk rock and hip hop movements that would eventually spread worldwide throughout the 1980s.


  1. ^ Dimitri Ehrlich; Gregor Ehrlich (3 July 2007). "Graffiti in Its Own Words". Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  2. ^ "NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "VH1 Rock Docs". VH1.
  4. ^ Dunbar, Alex (February 9, 2011). "NY77: THE COOLEST YEAR IN HELL". Vice.

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