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.
A night time photograph of Broadway and Times Square looking North from 45th Street.
Photograph of construction workers repairing granite stonework for the pavement on a New York City street.
A photograph of cars and pedestrians making their way around Columbus Circle looking north.
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.
An illustration depicting a bird's eye view of Columbia University, South Field and surrounding campus grounds.
Photograph of downtown Manhattan's iconic skyline from the shores of Jersey City.
Photograph of The New York City Public Library, looking north on 5th Avenue from 42nd Street.
Photograph of Hudson Street, covered with snow and crowded with automobiles, trucks, wagons, and horses.
Photograph of 11 year old Tony, who shines shoes in Union Square making anywhere from $2 to $4 per day.
Photograph of The Cunard Building, also known as the Standard & Poors Building - a 22-story office building located at 25 Broadway next to Bowling Green Park.
Photograph of three men participating in a gardening experiment at Bryant Park.
Photograph of a crowded street scene in front of The New York City Public Library at 5th Avenue & 40th Street.
Photograph of Yankee Stadium with a lone figure walking towards the camera.
Photograph taken outside of Yankee Stadium's main entrance.
Photograph of fans waiting to buy their ticket at the right field rgandstand of Yankee Stadium.
Photograph of baseball fans lined up for World Series bleacher seats at Yankee Stadium.
Babe Ruth and The New York Yankees on Opening Day Wednesday, April 18, 1923
Babe Ruth shaking hands with President Warren Harding
Frank Chance & Miller Huggins, managers of the Red Sox & Yankees shaking hands before the opening game at Yankee Stadium, kicking off decades of rivalry between NYC and Boston.
Photograph of Jacob Ruppert, Governor Al Smith & his wife escorted by police on the field of Yankee Stadium on opening day.
Photograph of police saluting the flag while the band plays on the field of Yankee Stadium on opening day.
Photograpg of the packed stands behind the dug out at Yankee Stadium on opening day.
Team portrait of the New York Yankees (Babe Ruth is in the center of the picture).
Photograph of the New York Yankees posing for a portrait during spring training in New Orleans.
The corner of Broadway and Park Place, with pedestrians walking along street. A sign on top of the building reads "Irving Underhill General Photographer"
Photograph of the newly constructed Bellevue, the first public hospital in the United States.
A group of New York women transcribing popular fiction into Braille for blinded ex-service man under the direction of the New York County Chapter ARC.
Photograph of workers in the NYC Chapter Red Cross turning old clothes into warm, substantial garments for the needy children of central Europe.
A photograph of pedestrians on Wall Street with Trinity Church in the background.
Photograph of a young mechanic tightening the bolts of a steam pump with a wrench.
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