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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 accepted, including a proposal to build a Lower Manhattan Expressway which would have cut through from the Williamsburg Bridge to the Holland Tunnel and dramatically changed Soho and Little Italy. Nonetheless he remained an imbipresent force in the shaping of the city at this time. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was constructed finally uniting the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island.


1964: Street Scene at 5th Avenue and 40th Street

Photograph of midtown traffic and pedestrians walking along 5th Avenue, looking south at the corner of 40th Street.

1960: Jefferson Market Libary

Photograph of Jefferson Market Libarry, formely Third Judicial District Courthouse on 425 Avenue of the Americas.

1962: Clock at Pennsylvania Station

Photograph taken from a Historic American Buildings Survey on April 24, 1962 of the Pennsylvania Station Concourse from the south.

1964: Macombs Road, Bronx New York

Photograph of an abandoned car on Macombs Road in the Bronx, New York City.

1964: TWA Terminal Interior at Night

An interior shot of the Trans World Airlines Terminal, taken from the mezzanine level at night.

1964: The World Fair

Photo taken of The World Fair at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, New York City on April 14, 1964.


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