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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.

1982: Grand Central Post Office

Photograph of Grand Central Post Office Annex, located on 45th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1983: Governors Island, New York Harbor and Manhattan

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

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1983: Governors Island and New York Harbor

Photograph of Governors Island and New York Harbor with the Twin Towers in the background.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1984: Central Park Bow Bridge over Lake

Photograph of Central Park's Bow Bridge. One of the park's many rustic pavilions is visible under the left side of the arch.

Artist Credit: Jet Lowe. Reprinted with permission.

1984: Bow Bridge in Central Park

Photograph of Bow Bridge overlooking the Lake in Central Park with midtown buildings in the background.

Artist Credit: Jet Lowe. Reprinted with permission.

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.

Artist Credit: Carol M. Highsmith. Reprinted with permission.

1980: Bryant Park

Photograph taken inside Brant Park during the spring.

Artist Credit: Carol M. Highsmith. Reprinted with permission.

1984: Midtown Skyline at Night

Photograph of Manhattan's midtown skyline at dusk under a reddening sky.

Artist Credit: Carol M. Highsmith. Reprinted with permission.

1983: Brooklyn Bridge at Night

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

Artist Credit: Jack Boucher. Reprinted with permission.

Next Chapter: History of NYC - 1985 to 1990

In the latter half of the 1980's New York City was working hard to recover from the decay of the 70's. It would take some time for the economic boom of this period to catch up w... Continue Reading

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