History of NYC - 1920 to 1925

Like many other cities in the aftermath of a global war and pandemic, New York was ready to kick off a decade with a spirit of celebration. Society would break much new ground, including a boon in home ownership, and the expansion of civil rights. In the US, the sale of alcohol became prohibited, but this did little to stop the speakeasies which would define nightlife. Many great traditions and institutions were established during this time, including Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and New York Port Authority, The Cotton Club and New Yorker Magazine.

1923: Times Square Looking North

A night time photograph of Broadway and Times Square looking North from 45th Street.

1924: Granite Block Repair in New York City

Photograph of construction workers repairing granite stonework for the pavement on a New York City street.

1921: Columbus Circle and 59th Street

A photograph of cars and pedestrians making their way around Columbus Circle looking north.

1920: View of Downtown Manhattan from the Woolworth Building

An aerial view looking towards the southern tip of Downtown Manhattan from the Woolworth Building, which was the tallest building in the world from 1913 to 1930.

1922: Columbia University from Above

An illustration depicting a bird's eye view of Columbia University, Baker Field and surrounding campus grounds.

1921: Manhattan Skyline from Jersey City

Photograph of downtown Manhattan's iconic skyline from the shores of Jersey City.

Next Chapter: History of NYC - 1925 to 1930

From 1925 onward, the City would experience a massive cultural renaissance. New venues were opening all over the city to accommodate the growing demand for arts and entertainmen... Continue Reading

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NYC 10,000+ Years Ago

Learn all about NYC’s fascinating past by exploring the natural forces that shaped the environment and landscape, along with the people who would transform the “Island of Many Hills” into the greatest and most influential city in the world.

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