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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.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1965: Astronaut Parade

Aerial photograph of a ticker tape parade for astronauts Virgil Grissom and John Young (seated in last car with Vice President Humphrey).

Artist Credit: Roger Higgins. Reprinted with permission.

1969: NYC Stock Exchange & Wall Street

Photograph of a packed floor at the New York City Stock Exchange on Wall Street.

Artist Credit: Warren K. Leffler. Reprinted with permission.

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.

Artist Credit: Warren K. Leffler. Reprinted with permission.

1968: World Trade Center Foundation Walls

Photograph showing wall supports for the foundations of the World Trade Center.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1967: Broadway and the Singer Tower

Photograph of 149 Broadway, The Singer Building Facade from the southeast.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1967: The Singer Tower

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

Artist Credit: Ernest Flagg. Reprinted with permission.

1967: Looking Up at The Singer Tower

Photograph taken from Broadway, looking up towards the Singer Building.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1967: Singer Tower Close Up

Photograph of the Singer Tower close up, taken from the west.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1965: Selma Supporters Protesting in Harlem

Photograph of marchers carrying banner and leading the way as 15,000 attend a solidarity march in Harlem.

Artist Credit: Stanley Wolfson. Reprinted with permission.

1965: The Dakota, Central Park West

Photograph of The Dakota Apartments, located at 1 West 72nd Street, Central Park West.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1965: The Dakota, Central Park West Corner

Photograph of the The Dakota Apartments taken from a corner in Central Park West.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1966: Cars Parked on Second Avenue

Photograph firectly across the street from buildings and cars parked on Second Avenue.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1967: Parking Lot on Water Street

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

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1966: Cars and Buildings on Second Avenue

Photograph of cars and buildings on Second Avenue and East 41st Street.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1966: Residential Buildings on Second Avenue

Photograph of classic cars parked in front of apartment buildings on Second Avenue, near the United Nations.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1967: Fraunces Tavern

Photograph of Fraunces Tavern Block on Pearl and Broad Streets.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1968: Gowanus Bay Terminal Pier

Photograph of New York Barge Canal, Gowanus Bay Terminal Pier, East of bulkhead supporting Columbia Street, Brooklyn.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1968: Throgs Neck Bridge from Above

Aerial photograph of Throgs Neck Bridge, spanning the East River from Queens to the Bronx.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1968: Throgs Neck Bridge from Afar

Photograph of the Throgs Neck suspension bridge, taken from over Queens looking north towards the Bronx.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1965: National City Bank, 55 Wall Street

Photograph of the National City Bank, located at 55 Wall Street, New York City.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1968: Cooper Union Rooftop View

Photograph of lower Manhattan looking south from the roof of the Cooper Union Building.

Artist Credit: Jack Boucher. Reprinted with permission.

1968: Cooper Union 3rd and 4th Avenue

Photograph of Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art, on Third & Fourth Avenues at Astor Place.

Artist Credit: Jack Boucher. Reprinted with permission.

1968: Cooper Union Facade

Photograph of Cooper Union's carved stone facade, showing off the building's architectural details.

Artist Credit: Jack Boucher. Reprinted with permission.

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.

Artist Credit: Jack Boucher. Reprinted with permission.

1968: Peter Cooper Statue

Photograph of the Peter Cooper Statue overlooking Astor Place.

Artist Credit: Jack Boucher. Reprinted with permission.

1966: Daily News Building

Photograph of the Daily News Building, located at 220-226 East 42nd Street, Manhattan.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1967: Skyscrapers at Night

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

Artist Credit: Marion S. Trikosko. Reprinted with permission.

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