The 30s would mark a far less jubilant period as the City would come to grips with the grim reality of the Great Depression. With the economy at record lows and unemployment at all time highs, homelessness and poverty would become widespread. All of this takes place in the shadow of the city’s growing skyline, which now includes The Chrysler Building and the RCA Building.
Photograph of two construction workers, perched atop the steel framework of the EMpire State Building.
Photograph of the RCA Building at Rockefeller Center, as viewed from old Union Club.
Full length photograph of The Chrysler Building at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.
Photograph of the Chrysler Building, designed by architect William Van Alen and completed on May 27, 1930.
A view of Manhattan's midtown skyline from Queens. Visible in this photograph are both the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.
Photograph of cars and pedestrians on Madison Avenue with a political banner for the New York Young Democratic Club hanging overhead.
Photograph of the East River and Manhattan's famous downtown skyline taken from Brooklyn.
A bird-s eye perspective of Midtown Manhattan, looking northeast towards The Chrysler Building.
Photograph of Manhattan's rapidly growing skyline on its southeastern waterfront.
Photograph taken from a skyscraper in Manhattan.
Photograph of workers unloading trucks with dollies at a downtown Manhattan market.
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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