History of NYC - 1955 to 1960

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.


1957: Midtown Manhattan from Roosevelt Island

Panoramic photograph of Manhattan's skyline taken from Roosevelt Island, known at the time as "Welfare Island".

1959: Saint Paul's Chapel

Historic American Buildings Survey photograph showing the church yard of St. Paul's Chapel from the west, framed by Broadway & Fulton Streets.

1956: Balthazar Korab with TWA model

Photograph of architect Balthazar Korab with a scale mode of his proposed design for the Trans World Airlines Terminal and John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens.

1955: TWA Terminal, Exterior Facade

Photograph of an exterior wall of the Trans World Airlines Terminal which highlights its mid-century modern aesthetic.

1955: TWA Terminal Ticket Counters

Photograph of TWA Terminal Interior. On the left we see the mezzanine support structure with ticket counters beyond the right.

1956: A New Diamond in Manhattan's Sky

Photograph shows beacon lights beaming brightly from atop the Empire State Building at night illuminating the clouds in the sky.


Next Chapter: History of NYC - 1960 to 1965

During the early 60s, New York City and its infrastructure continued to grow under the direction of Mayor Warner and prolific architect Robert Moses. Not all of his ideas were a... Continue Reading

View All6Images

NYC 10,000+ Years Ago

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.


Curated by Fine Print NYC
@History101NYC

315 Madison Avenue • art@fineprintnyc.com

@FinePrintNYC