History of NYC - 1935 to 1940

The Great Depression has come and gone, and the city is slowly returning to life. Rockefeller Center was built and the American Ballet Theatre was opened. The High School of Music & Art was also spearheaded by popular mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia – a sign and symbol of the city’s investment in its youth. New York also would continue to establish its legacy as a major world center with the opening of the Ford Foundation Headquarters and the first World’s Fair.


1937: Brooklyn Bridge, Pier 21

Photograph of trucks and wagons parked on Pier 21 at the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side.

1935: Henry Street and the Downtown Skyline

A street level view of Henry Street and Manhattan's growing skyline. City Hall and the Woolworth Building are visible in the distance.

1937: The George Washington Bridge

Photograph shows inbound and outbound traffic at the Manhattan side entrance of the George Washington Bridge, which was built in 1927.

1936: Traffic at Herald Square

An overhead view of Herald Square the corner of 34th Street and Broadway showing cars, pedestrians and elevated railroad tracks in the foreground.

1935: The Chanin Building, Midtown Manhattan

Photograph of the Chanin Building and midtown Manhattan from a bird's eye perspective, taken from the Chrysler Building.

1937: Empire State Building at Night

Photograph of the Empire State Building and surrounding skyscrapers illuminated at night.


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The 1940s would mark a turning point in how society shares information thanks to widespread adoption of television. The first two TV stations in the city, WNBT (now WNBC) and WC... Continue Reading

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