Saturday, June 1, 2019

New York City in the Late 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 have never experienced 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.

Photos from the collection of Mark Susina on Flickr

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