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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 entertainment, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Savoy Ballroom along with the Paramount, Roxy and Ziegfeld Theatres. The Holland Tunnel would also open its entrance for automobiles, which facilitated the growth of suburban communities in New Jersey.


1927: Air Mail Plane on Display in Times Square

A group of onlookers crowd around the Post Office's Air Mail plane in the middle of Times Square.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1927: Wall-Demolition

Photograph of a pair of construction workers demolishing a wall.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1925: New York City Laborer

Photograph of a New York City Laborer posing for a portrait with an axe in his hands.

Artist Credit: Doris Ulmann. Reprinted with permission.

1927: 49th and Lexington - The Shelton Looking North

Photograph of The Shelton Hotel, currently known as New York Marriott East Side Hotel.

Artist Credit: Alfred Stieglitz. Reprinted with permission.

1925: 5th Avenue Street Scene

Photograph looking down the center of Fifth Avenue with plenty of cars and pedestrians in midtown Manhattan.

Artist Credit: Robert N. Dennis. Reprinted with permission.

1929: Entrance To Holland Tunnel

New York City Entrance Plaza To Holland Tunnel which was opened by November 13, 1927.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1925: Babe Ruth Sliding Into Third Base

Photograph of Babe Ruth out in fifth inning trying to go from first to third on Lou Gehrig's single, facing off against Senators third baseman Ossie Bluege.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1928: Wall Street and Trinity Church

Photograph of pedestrians on Wall Street with Trinity Church in the background.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1929: Battery Park Proposal by Eric Gugler

An illustration of a potential design of Battery Park by Eric Gugler. The proposed design featured an obelisk structure and waterfront park.

Artist Credit: Eric Gugler. Reprinted with permission.

1926: Residence of Andrew Carnegie

Photograph of the home of Andrew Carnegie - an American industrialist who amassed a fortune in the steel industry then became a major philanthropist.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1926: Residence of Charles Schwab on Riverside Drive

Photograph of an automobile passing in front of the residence of Charles Schwab on Riverside Drive,

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1927: Aerial View of Brooklyn and Manhattan

A bird's eye perspective of Brooklyn and Downtown Manhattan and both East River Bridges.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1928: Couple at Coney Island

Photograph of a young couple holding each other at Coney Island's Luna Park.

Artist Credit: Walker Evans. Reprinted with permission.

1929: Saint Paul's Church

Photograph of a busy street in front of St. Paul's Church, viewed from Broadway.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1928: New York Public Library Bookmobile

Photograph of a traveling library parked on a grassy verge in the Bronx, with a line of kids waiting to check out some books.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

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