In the late 50s New York is still coasting on the success of the previous decade. The economy is strong and the population has just passed 7.7 million people. Air travel has become affordable for the working class, leading to the construction of TWAs iconic terminal, and a lot more immigration. Puerto Rico becomes a US territory, granting citizenship to its inhabitants and establishing a strong link between the City of Dreams and the caribbean’s richest port. The Puerto Rican Parade begins its yearly celebration and the musical “West Side Story” becomes a box office hit. The Guggenheim Museum building opens and The Village Voice newspaper begins publication. A sister city relationship is established with Tokyo, Japan – a move which benefits both communities in the long term while increasing the City’s international profile.
Panoramic photograph of Manhattan's skyline taken from Roosevelt Island, known at the time as "Welfare Island".Artist Credit: Samuel H. Gottscho. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph of cars parked along Broadway & Fulton Street in front of St. Paul's Chapel in downtown Manhattan.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
Historic American Buildings Survey photograph showing the church yard of St. Paul's Chapel from the west, framed by Broadway & Fulton Streets.Artist Credit: Historic American Buildings Survey. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph of The Bowery and Delancey Street showing cars at a stoplight and signs for the People's Bar, and the Crystal Hotel and Pioneer Hotel in distance.Artist Credit: Angelo Rizzuto. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph of architect Balthazar Korab with a scale model of his proposed design for the Trans World Airlines Terminal and John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph of an exterior wall of the Trans World Airlines Terminal which highlights its mid-century modern aesthetic.Artist Credit: Balthazar Korab. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph of TWA Terminal Interior. On the left we see the mezzanine support structure with ticket counters beyond the right.Artist Credit: Balthazar Korab. Reprinted with permission.
Art poster featuring an abstract interpretation of Times Square in New York with a TWA jet and jetstream at the top of the image.Artist Credit: David Klein. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph shows beacon lights beaming brightly from atop the Empire State Building at night illuminating the clouds in the sky.Artist Credit: Associated Press. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph of two women in striped sweaters chatting on a sidewalk corner near East 41st Street.Artist Credit: Angelo Rizzuto. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph of a man in shorts with feathered cap, standing on a street curb with Macy's department store in the background.Artist Credit: Angelo Rizzuto. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph of a woman holding an umbrella and leaning on a bannister against a bustling backdrop of pedestrians, traffic, and storefronts.Artist Credit: Angelo Rizzuto. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph of customers lined up for a slice at The King of Pizza.Artist Credit: Angelo Rizzuto. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph of Marquee in Times Square - The neighborhood would become renowned for go-go bars and peep show establishments.Artist Credit: Angelo Rizzuto. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph of Rivington Street bustling with pedestrians against a backdrop of business signs and the local elevated railroad.Artist Credit: Angelo Rizzuto. Reprinted with permission.
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