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History of NYC - 1980 to 1985

The early 1980s marks a drastic transition as the City enjoys another decade of prosperity while the exodus of middle class residents to suburban areas has radically altered the demographic. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum opens, as does the Helmsley Palace Hotel and Limelight nightclub. Much of the City is still in shambles but signs of recovery are everywhere as neighborhoods rebuild and New Yorkers find more opportunities in a growing economy.

1984: Empire State Building and New York's Skyline

Aerial photograph of the Empire State Building and Manhattan's skyline with Queens and Brooklyn visible in the background.

1984: Battery Place at the Hudson River

Photograph of the Hudson River and West end of Pier A, Battery Place, New York City.

1981: William J. Matheson Building

A Historic American Buildings Survey photograph showing east and north elevations of the William J. Matheson Building at 145-155 John Street.

1983: Governors Island and New York Harbor

Aerial view of New York Harbor and Governors Island, looking north taken from helicopter.

1980: Aerial View of Central Park

A bird's eye perspective of Central Park looking north with Harlem and The Bronx visible in the distance.

1983: Brooklyn Bridge at Night

Photograph of the the Brooklyn Bridge and Downtown Manhattan skyline illuminated at night.

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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