New York in the 1950s

Immediately after World War II, New York City became known as one of the world’s greatest cities. However, after peaking in population in 1950, the city began to feel the effects of white flight to the suburbs, a downturn in industry and commerce as businesses left for places where it was cheaper and easier to operate, an increase in crime, and an upturn in its welfare burden, all of which eventually reached a nadir in the city’s fiscal crisis of the 1970s, when it barely avoided defaulting on its obligations and declaring bankruptcy.

New York City has always been a glamourous destination. Whether visiting Times Square, or the Brooklyn Bridge, or even New York’s street vendors, there’s a sense of nostalgia for better days that most of us didn’t even experience first hand.

Whether you frequent the Big Apple or not, take a minute for a bit of late 1950s charm. Visit and enjoy the people and sights of a New York City past.


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