Vintage New York
Many of you lovely readers know that I’m a New Yorker, born and bred. But it wasn’t until I fell in love with all things vintage that I’ve realized how special being a New Yorker is. I used to be able to pass by the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building without giving them a second glance. Times Square was just some flashy tourist attraction. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s were just some other places to shop. Now, I’m still kinda jaded to it all (I see it all the time!) but knowing how important New York was in classic film (most films took place there) and how it was the most important city in the entire world then and now, I kinda get the shivers (as a matter of fact, I’m going to the city tomorrow, so it’s time for me to get those chills again, despite the prediction of 100 degree weather!). It was so cool then, and it definitely is still cool now. Although many new glass structures have been built, look around and you can still see why New York was (and still is) the Art Deco capital of the world. New York is still very much proud of its vintage culture. (photos from timefreezephotos.com)
This one’s a total timewarp…5th Ave, ca. 1900. The large building in the back is the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which was torn down in 1929 to build the Empire State Building. The spire in the back was Brick Presbyterian Church, which was torn down in 1938
The 9th Regiment Armory on 14th street ca. 1900
Greely Square, ca. 1910
Oh my Lord. Broadway and 73rd street, in front of the Ansonia Hotel, ca. 1903
Hooray for Brooklyn pride! The Brooklyn bridge with the Union Ferry underneath it, ca. 1910s
View of Brooklyn from the Brooklyn bridge, ca. 1950s
Burlesk Theatre, located on 118-120 East 15th street, ca. 1930s. In the 1930s, this was where stripper Gypsy Rose Lee got her start. This theater was torn down in 1985.
Central Park, the Great Lawn, ca. 1950s
Central Park at dusk, ca. 1950s
Central Park benches, ca. 1950s
Central Park lake, ca. 1910s
View of Chambers St. from the Municipal Building, 1938
Coney Island girl, 1953
Coney Island lifeguard, ca. 1912
Coney Island ball toss, 1953
Coney Island Boomerang ride, 1953
Coney Island Fun House, 1953
Coney Island jet ride and Ferris Wheel, 1953
A couple taking a stroll on the George washington bridge, ca. 1930s
The Dewey Arch, ca. 1900. It stood in Madison Square for only one year.
Tugboats at a dock, ca. 1940s
This is a photo I love. It’s a view of the Empire State Building (and the famed city skyline) ca. 1940s. The city is shrouded in its characteristic fog/smog.
The Empire State Building observation deck, 1950s
The ferry terminal in lower Manhattan, 1940s
Ahaha I LOVE this one! A hot dog shop, ca. 1950s. Everyone secretly loves these things, but I’m not so sure many would dare eat from them. I know I won’t!
The George Washington bridge, 1930s
Here’s another favorite of mine: New York in a snowstorm, ca. 1940s. The building across the street is the now-gone Gimbels department store.
Grand Central Station, 1940s
The Graybar Building, still located at 43rd street and Lexington ave, is a beautiful example of New York Art Deco (and get a load of those trolleys! My how we have changed).
Now HERE’S the most surprising of all: Herald Square in the 1920s!
The Long Island Railroad passing the Louis Sherry Plant and the Fuller Brush Building
Another favorite: the New York Life Building in the 1940s. I love the snow on the branches.
Broadway and White Street, ca. 1913
The 14th street Theatre, which was located between 6th and 7th avenues
15th street and 7th avenue, 1913. Looks like there was a rainstorm when the picture was taken.
The 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow Park
The entrance to 19th street Hudson and Manhattan Railroad, now the PATH, ca. 1913
The corner of 6th ave and 42nd street, 1936
Snow! Broadway and 105th street, ca. 1915. But as, you can see, the snow in New York turns disgusting after a day or so. On the sidewalk, it turns into enormous piles of shit, and the roads…fuhgettaboutit!
Here’s a fun one: Broadway and 47th street, 1951
Broadway and 56th street, 1906
A really awesome photo of the Brooklyn Bridge, late 1800s
The Central Cafe, which was located on 7th ave and 15th street
Central Park skating, 1916. There’s a guy falling on the right lol
Central park Biddle Walk, 1916. How romantic
This is another side of New York: the tenements. Christopher street between Bedford and Bleeker, 1906
The INCREDIBLY EMPTY Columbus Circle in 1914. Now it’s crowded as hell, and has a huge mall there.
The New York City Diner, 1916. This restaurant was razed to make way for the World Trade Center.
AHAHA the fire hydrant in the 1930s!
The famous Fraunces Tavern, 1918
New York in a snowstorm, 1940s. Look how deserted!
New street, looking towards Wall Street, 1916. Kinda looks the same today
Park Ave. and 69th street, 1920s
Getting a shoeshine at 3rd ave and 42nd street
The New York skyline from New Jersey, 1950s
6th ave an 31st street, 1911
Another street hot dog vendor, ca. 1950s
The Woolworth Building and the old Post Office Building, ca. 1920
The graveyard of the Trinity Church, early 1900s
The old New York Times Building, ca. 1900
The Coney Island Parachute Jump, 1958. The tower was declared a landmark in 1977 and is jokingly referred to as “The Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn”
An almost divine moment in Penn Station
Playing baseball on Wall Street
The Plaza Hotel, 1950s
The Queensboro Bridge at sunset, 1936
The view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from New Jersey, 1950s
The Chrysler Building under construction, ca. 1929. Notice the older buildings against the modern, sleek Art Deco skyscraper
My all time favorite: Times Square in 1939. You can look at this photo for the rest of your life and constantly find new things in it.
Grand Central Station, 1941
The Chrysler Building, which stands at Lexington Ave. and 42nd street. It’s the second-tallest building in NYC
This one is FREAKY. The Woolworth Building peeking over the clouds, 1923
The Flatiron Building after a snow, 1905
Times Square after a snow, 1948
Mulberry Street in Little Italy, 1910
The New York Stock Exchange, 1925
Inside the Stock Exchange, 1910
Aerial view of Coney Island, 1950