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History of NYC - 1965 to 1970

As the boon of the postwar economy declined and the civil rights movement began to build momentum, the late 60s would prove to be a time of change. The skyline loses one of its icons in the form of the Singer Building in 1968. It is the tallest structure ever demolished at the time. The Jacob Javits Federal Building and Gulf and Western building were constructed. The New York Mets win their first World Series title, defeating the Baltimore Orioles in five games. The Beatles also performed at Shea Stadium, to a packed crowd of fans.

1965: U.S. Custom House

Pedestrians crowd the intersection of Main And Nassau Streets at U. S. Custom House on 28 Wall Street in Downtown Manhattan.

1968: Aerial View of World Trade Center Construction Site

A bird's eye view of the future site of the World Trade Center. An excavator is seen clearing and leveling land and preparing the foundations of the Twin Towers.

1967: The Singer Tower

A photograph taken by the Historic American Buildings Survey of the soon to be demolished Singer Tower at 149 Broadway.

1967: Parking Lot on Water Street

Cars parked in front of Fraunces Tavern Block, Bounded by Pearl, Water & Broad Streets & Coenties Slip.

1968: The Cube on Astor Place

Photograph of the famous cube sculpture at Astor Place in front of Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art.

1967: Skyscrapers at Night

Photograph of the Equitable Building and surrounding skyscrapers and Manhattan rooftops illuminated at night.

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In the early 1970s a large movement of residents to the suburbs created a fiscal crisis in New York. Many residential buildings fell into disrepair, or lay in ruins throughout t... Continue Reading

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History of 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.

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