NYC between 1977 – 1984 NYC between 1977 – 1984. The MTA Underground and how little attention was paid to maintenance. Even within these visually dirty conditions, people have still found a way to thrive and be happy. Willy Spiller, the photographer, managed to capture many of these moments without much effort. Enjoy “HELL ON WHEELS”, a documentary of photos from the New York Underground 1977 – 1984 – is a joyful and soulful journey into the bygone era of New York’s subway system.