Yup, this is the way it was.
There were some beautiful interiors---actually some pretty spectacular ones, but the NYC government controlled public sectors were a war zone.
I am amazed to see young women in their 20s and 30s, now, walk Manhattan streets alone very late at night, presumably coming home from waitress jobs and the like. You never saw that in the 1980s, it was too dangerous.
The Howard Johnson's in the pics was located in Times Square. I ate there once, I remember you had to pay in advance before they delivered the food, too many were ordering, eating and running out without paying the bill.